Heard on The Judges: "altercating"

LanDi Liu strangeguitars at GMAIL.COM
Wed Jul 2 04:51:40 UTC 2008

OED1 has this from 1530.  Granted it's definitely not common; CAE
doesn't have it at all.  Maybe that chick just has one of those
annoyingly large vocabularies that she like to flaunt everywhere.


On Wed, Jul 2, 2008 at 4:47 AM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:
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> Late twenty-ish, white, female speaker:
> "Yes, ma'am, I was at the hospital. But I wasn't on the parking lot,
> where they were _altercating_."
> -Wilson
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