Mark Mandel thnidu at GMAIL.COM
Tue Sep 4 10:47:38 UTC 2007

The American Sign Language sign glossed "postpone" uses the fully productive
"time line" morphology, with a forward motion representing 'future'. Its
antonym, of course, uses backward motion, but has no standard USEnglish word
to gloss it. I've seen it glossed "prepone". Sorry, no cite handy... out of
cite, out of mind.

m a m

On 8/21/07, Barnhart <barnhart at> wrote:
> prepone
>   or pre-pone   DC Vol. 10.3
> preponement     DC Vol. 10.3
> Found in the Barnhart NEW-WORDS CONCORDANCE, to appear in the Barnhart
> DICTIONARY COMPANION (Vol. 10.3, c. Spring 1998).
> Indicism--probably.

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