more back-formed shopping

Ann Burlingham ann at BURLINGHAMBOOKS.COM
Fri Dec 5 15:01:07 UTC 2008

On Fri, Dec 5, 2008 at 5:46 AM, Geoff Nathan <geoffnathan at> wrote:
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> Poster:       Geoff Nathan <geoffnathan at WAYNE.EDU>
> Subject:      Re: more back-formed shopping
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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'.

I say "store-boughten"; it
is a thing some think I oughtn't
but when I have stridden from the store
I have boughten a little more

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