Dave Wilton dave at WILTON.NET
Thu Jun 13 00:26:14 UTC 2002

Another "pre-" word that you see all time used by diplomats and reporters
(who, since they use words for a living, should know better) is
"pre-condition." As in: "Arafat would not agree on Sharon's pre-conditions
for the the talks." Plain, old "conditions" does just fine.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: American Dialect Society
> [mailto:ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU]On Behalf
> Of Bethany K. Dumas
> Sent: Wednesday, June 12, 2002 2:16 PM
> Subject: Re: pre-purchased
> On Wed, 12 Jun 2002, FRITZ JUENGLING wrote:
> >Bethany, >are you suggesting that 'pre-paid' be substituted for
> 'pre-purchased' or that 'pre-paid' is another goofy
> (unnecessary?) word,
> i.e. if you give money for something, you 'pay'-- no need to
> say 'pre-' ?
> >Fritz
> I usually like shorter goofy words better than longer goofy words!
> Bethany

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