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December 2, 2013

A Pre-Vent

Filed under: Uncategorized — Steve Ruis @ 6:41 pm
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I make my living with words, always have, so this is something of a rant about words, actually a prefix. The prefix is “pre,” which means: before in time, rank, order, or position. There are perfectly good uses for this prefix, such as in the words preposition, prehistoric, and premeditation. With these words I have no problem. Some of those I do are:

pre-drilled holes WTF? A hole drilled before it is a hole?

pre-recorded music Music that is recorded before, uh, uh, . . .

pre-fabricated Aw, c’mon could just “fabricated” do?

pre-registered When someone shows up for an event requiring registration do you ask them if they have already registered, or if they have pre-registered?

pre-existing condition This takes the cake. A condition that doesn’t already exist is what exactly? I think they mean an “existing condition.”

pre-pay I’d rather just pay.

pre-cooked food This may be a borderline case, but isn’t food either cooked or not or maybe partially cooked? But “pre-cooked” . . . ?

Prevent these prevarications! Drop the “pre” when it isn’t needed, please.



  1. Amazing and thank you friend, there are many inspirational articles


    Comment by Gede Prama — December 3, 2013 @ 12:40 am | Reply

  2. The Queen thanks you.


    Comment by john zande — December 3, 2013 @ 5:08 am | Reply

    • Wait until you read what I have to say about people who use “a person that” instead of “a person who”! I actually get the Umbrage out of the garage and drive it about!

      Cheers from ChiTown!

      PS We’ve moved (again)! Just change the Apt # from 28C to 17A (110 feet down and about 30 feet east). Effective Date: October 1, 2013

      *Entia non sunt multiplicanda praeter necessitatem.* ************** Steve Ruis


      Comment by stephenpruis — December 3, 2013 @ 6:39 am | Reply

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