Retroactive - before a law goes into effect

Benjamin Barrett gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM
Sat Nov 10 20:13:23 UTC 2012

On Nov 10, 2012, at 11:13 AM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at> wrote:

> On Sat, Nov 10, 2012 at 1:29 PM, Benjamin Barrett <gogaku at> wrote:
>> the law is being applied retroactively and it hasn't even taken effect yet, which seems to be a slight stretch of the normal use.
> Benjamin, unless you're in your seventies - or should that be, "your
> in you're seventies"? - getting  crotchety about language-change in
> progress is not permitted! ;-)

I went back and forth on this several times. I think your analysis of an onset of crotchetiness is best, thank you.

Benjamin Barrett
Seattle, WA

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