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Subject:Re: backformation From:Vicki Rosenzweig <murphy!acmcr!vr -at- UUNET -dot- UU -dot- NET> Date:Tue, 20 Dec 1994 11:20:22 EST
My dictionary gave first citations for both "abort" and "abortion" in
the 16th century; it gives "abortion" an earlier date, but it's possible
that the verb was used first, but didn't appear in print as soon.
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