Dennis R. Preston preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU
Thu Jun 13 11:12:18 UTC 2002

Alas! All those forebought Nets-Lakers tickets are worthless.


>At 6:46 PM -0400 6/12/02, Dennis R. Preston wrote:
>>But, on-topic, I don't find making the distinction between stuff you
>>paid for and ain't got yet and stuff you paid for and done got
>>useless, and I think Bethany meant for "prepaid" to be the slightly
>>less fancy synonym of "prepurchased."
>ah, if they ARE synonyms.  (See previous note.)
>>Could we have some lexical semantic explanation (unless, as is so
>>often the case, it is something lurking in the phonology) of why they
>>both sound real good to me and "prebought" sounds awful.
>well, it may be just the Latinate vs. native vocabulary distinction.
>Pre- for Latin stems (pre-pay, pre-purchase) but not for Germanic
>ones (*pre-buy).  Probably totally off-base, but it allows me to
>nominate the elegant "forebuy" as a replacement:  "I forebought that
>pickup."   Well, mebbe not.

Dennis R. Preston
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