more back-formed shopping

Neal Whitman nwhitman at AMERITECH.NET
Thu Dec 4 03:26:32 UTC 2008

These latest additions to the list of backformed compound verbs headed by
'shop' reminded me of 'doctor-shop', which I noticed a couple of years ago
and included with a few other backformations gathered at around the same
The specific quotation with 'doctor-shop' is:

"The decision puts Limbaugh back near square one and is likely to
reinvigorate the criminal investigation into whether he 'doctor-shopped.'"
("Justices won't hear Limbaugh appeal," Palm Beach Post 29 Apr. 2005)

Neal Whitman
Email: nwhitman at

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From: "Marc Velasco" <marcjvelasco at GMAIL.COM>
Sent: Wednesday, December 03, 2008 4:10 PM
Subject: Re: more back-formed shopping

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> judge-shopping/forum-shopping (2) would be acceptable, if discouraged,
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> judge-shopping (3) would be frowned upon by ethics committees.
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