more back-formed shopping

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Fri Dec 5 14:07:31 UTC 2008

Right, Geoff. I feel the same way. It seems to me that I heard
"store-boughten" and not "store-bought" as the usual form in horse
operas and "hometown" radiio shows like Lum & Abner, Just Plain Bill
(often parodied as "Just Plain Bull"), The Judy Canovan Show, Lorenzo
Jones & His Wife, Belle, etc., back during The War.


All say, "How hard it is that we have to die"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

On Fri, Dec 5, 2008 at 5:46 AM, Geoff Nathan <geoffnathan at> wrote:
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> Further to the discussion of 'store-bought' I had always thought the older version was actually 'store-boughten' (has a couple thousand googits, most un-self-conscious).  I'm pretty sure I heard the (perhaps ironic) doubly-suffixed version long before I heard the slightly more regularized one.  A very brief Google Books search finds it in the 1918 ADS publication  'Dialect Notes', Vol. 5 Parts I-X).  A search inside the book yields no hits for 'store bought'.
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