upstage = "to raise to the next degree"

Douglas G. Wilson douglas at NB.NET
Sat Mar 10 05:42:15 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"

Compare the (not very felicitous perhaps) frequent medical [oncological]
use of "upstage" = "raise the stage of", similar to "upgrade": Google
(e.g.) <<upstaged-to>>.

-- Doug Wilson

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