first hand experience (v)

Arnold Zwicky zwicky at STANFORD.EDU
Thu Oct 13 23:22:56 UTC 2011

On Oct 13, 2011, at 11:56 AM, Jon Lighter wrote:
> Somebody told me that scientists have discovered the grave of a pooch
> who was "ritual-buried" by prehistoric dudes.

this seems to be genuinely an example of back-formation (from "ritual burial").  one cite in my files.  (i have several hundred examples of two-part back-formed verbs.  i'm not trying to collect these things; in fact, i'm trying not to, but they appear on my doorstep.)


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