Trespassers will be trespassed

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Thu Apr 25 19:21:19 UTC 2013

On Apr 25, 2013, at 12:17 PM, Neal Whitman wrote:

> 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,"

as a reconstruction?  That is…

"Trespassers will be violated".   No, that can't be right.  Ah, "Violators will be trespassed."  Much better.  Or at least more humane.


> or "He was trespassed from the establishment for two
> years," it means "banned". I've written a piece about it at Visual
> Thesaurus:
> 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:
> Neal
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