"bona fide" as past part.

Michael Covarrubias mcovarru at PURDUE.EDU
Thu May 8 11:42:31 UTC 2008

A caller to C-SPAN's Washington Journal challenging Barack Obama to undo
affirmative action and reverse laws protecting minorities if elected.

"He has bona fide that blacks are just as equal as anyone else"

Probably more by influence of 'bona fide' than 'bonify' as the latter
isn't as common and doesn't have the likely connection to "proved" or
"shown to be true"?

A reanalysis of '-fide' as past part. '-ied'?

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