upstage = "to raise to the next degree"

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Sat Mar 10 05:25:46 UTC 2007

Not in OED. This should rightly be considered a stupidism, but since it occurs on a Latin grammar website I'll keep my opinion to myself:

  2007 William Harris _Brief Review of the Noun, Adjective, and Pronouns_ : ADJECTIVES have two up-staged or intensified forms...When adverbs are upstaged to the Comparative state, they do this: a) They use a form in -ius which is the neuter of the comparable stage of the adjective. E.g. tristius "mode sadly, rather sadly"


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