ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Tue Oct 23 00:46:32 UTC 2012

Given the context repropriate might be a blend from two or more of these words:

propagate, procreate, reproduce

Less likely contributors to the blend: parturitate, progenerate.

On Mon, Oct 22, 2012 at 8:28 PM, Arnold Zwicky <zwicky at> wrote:
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> On Oct 22, 2012, at 4:44 PM, "Joel S. Berson" <Berson at ATT.NET> wrote:
>> At 10/22/2012 06:08 PM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
>>> A fellow opposed to gay marriage argued in All Things Considered a few
>>> minutes back that if you're married to somebody of the same sex, "How can
>>> you repropriate?"
>>> I don't know. Frankly, I just don't know.
>> You make the property that you would want back part of the
>> pre-nuptial agreement.
> it hasn't been a good day for me, and as sometimes happens with these wrong-word examples i can't figure out what the speaker was aiming (unsuccessfully) at.  can someone help me out of the fog?
> arnold

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