back-formation of the day

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Thu May 2 22:55:49 UTC 2013

"It's not our policy to patient-dump".

--Las Vegas mental hospital spokesman, unconvincingly attempting to refute evidence that his hospital has done exactly that, giving dozens of patients bus tickets to get out of town, and state, interviewed on ABC news segment on patient dumping

(Not exactly new; there are a few dozen earlier hits for the back-formed verb.)


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