more back-formed shopping

Arnold Zwicky zwicky at STANFORD.EDU
Wed Dec 3 15:58:51 UTC 2008

On Dec 3, 2008, at 7:31 AM, i wrote:

> back on 28 November i reported on the two-part back-formed verb
> "holiday-shop".  there are, of course, more X-shop verbs.  some where
> X is an occasion, some where X is the object of the shopping, some
> where X is the person for whom one shops...

>   Pick up a few extra papers if family members are known to steal
> your ads (yes, it happens) or if you plan to family shop ...

this is apparently an instance of a fourth type.  "to family shop"
seems to be 'to shop with your family, to engage in family shopping'.


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