Joyce, Thomas F.
TJoyce at BELLBOYD.COM
Thu Dec 16 17:30:17 UTC 2004
"Uparmor" as a verb meaning "to upgrade [one's] armor" has started to be
used within the last year or so. Are there any other recent examples of
new verbs based on the prefix "up-" that carry the meaning of enhancing,
improving, securing an advantage, etc.? The OED attestations for
"upgrade" and "upstage" suggest they are 20th century verbs. One can
find much older formations for many other verbs, including obsolete
ones. Is "uparmor" just the most recent application of the prefix, or
is something else going on (e.g., a bad neologism) that just
superficially resembles "upstage," etc. Note that with other verbs, a
noun (upgrade) or adverb (upstage) seems to have been attested long
before the verb.
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