Erik Hoover grinchy at GRINCHY.COM
Thu Dec 16 17:51:19 UTC 2004

FWIW: The now familiar usage of uparmor is older than recent events.  I
do not have access to a wide range of sources, but Google's Usenet
archives show postings with the current sense in 1993 and 1995.



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On Dec 16, 2004, at 12:30 PM, Joyce, Thomas F. wrote:

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> Subject:      Uparmoring
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> "Uparmor" as a verb meaning "to upgrade [one's] armor" has started to
> be
> used within the last year or so.  Are there any other recent examples
> of
> new verbs based on the prefix "up-" that carry the meaning of
> enhancing,
> improving, securing an advantage, etc.=3F  The OED attestations for
> "upgrade" and "upstage" suggest they are 20th century verbs.  One can
> =66ind much older formations for many other verbs, including obsolete
> ones.  Is "uparmor" just the most recent application of the prefix, or
> is something else going on (e.g., a bad neologism) that just
> superficially resembles "upstage," etc.  Note that with other verbs, a
> noun (upgrade) or adverb (upstage) seems to have been attested long
> before the verb.=20
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