Trespassers will be trespassed

Neal Whitman nwhitman at AMERITECH.NET
Thu Apr 25 16:17:37 UTC 2013

There's a new meaning for "trespass" going around that I haven't found
in the OED or in my unabridged Random House dictionary, or Wordnik or
even a dictionary of legal terms. In expressions like "Violators will be
trespassed," or "He was trespassed from the establishment for two
years," it means "banned". I've written a piece about it at Visual
It's behind a paywall, but here are some of the links I included:

- a discussion on the English Language & Usage Stack Exchange:
- Google Books view of a book on "loss prevention" that has a thicket of
examples of this usage of "trespass":
- Mark  Davies' latest corpus, which showed that this usage is common in
New Zealand:


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