FW: new word:

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Fri Jan 11 16:42:57 UTC 2013

On Fri, Jan 11, 2013 at 10:02 AM, David Barnhart wrote:
> From: Hollis Barnhart [mailto:hbarnhart at highlands.com]
> "previvors" -- those who undergo treatment before they have symptoms:
> as in
> Miss America contestant to get a double mastectomy as preventive measure
> "The Newburg, Md. native said she has received letters from supporters all
> over the country, including from fellow "previvors" who say they have been
> inspired to undergo their own preventive surgeries. The Wynn sports book
> gives her 25 to 1 odds of winning the Miss America crown, making her a
> moderate favorite."
> http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2013/01/11/miss-america-contestant-to-get-double-mastectomy-as-preventive-measure/#ixzz2HgAbv1Vt

Larry Horn suggested "previvor" as a WOTY candidate back in 2007:


It was also a runner-up for NOAD WOTY that year:



Ben Zimmer

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