Re: Inventing new words?

Subject: Re: Inventing new words?
From: Janet Valade <jvalade -at- IX -dot- NETCOM -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 7 May 1996 08:47:50 -0700

You wrote:

>Come on guys, has no-one got a dictionary? Sure, prepend exists
>and OU),

This is interesting. Prepend is NOT in the American Heritage
dictionary. There is an adjective, prepense, which means premeditated.

> and has the same meaning as perpend, meaning to weigh in the mind
>or consider carefully - therefore it is the wrong word in any case.

Perpend IS in the American Heritage Dictionary.

Personally, I like prepend. It ought to be a word. I know exactly
what it means without having to look it up. This is perhaps not such a
good thing. If I had been forced to look it up, I would have
discovered that it either doesn't exist or doesn't mean what it ought
to mean, depending on which dictionary I used.

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