Arnold Zwicky zwicky at STANFORD.EDU
Tue Oct 23 00:55:54 UTC 2012

On Oct 22, 2012, at 5:46 PM, "ADSGarson O'Toole" <adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM> wrote:

> 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.

(Jon Lighter proposes: reproduce.  this is likely to be the target, since it's the verb that turns up again and again in discussions of same-sex marriage.  it was being blocked for me by "reciprocate:", which is surely irrelevant.) (Joel Berson now adds: replicate.)

ah, thanks to Jon, Garson, and Joel.


>>>> 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?"

The American Dialect Society -

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