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Prep

 

John Richardson asked me to do the word “prep”. My immediate thought was that this was just an abbreviation of “prepare”. And of course it is. But lots of words are abbreviations of other words or strings of words that since the abbreviation has become accepted word, the older parent has been forgotten.

 

The example I’d like to give is goodbye. No one think of goodbye as an abbreviation, although it is. And no one remembers that it used to be God be with you.

 

And it turns out that the word prep has been around a little longer than I’d have first expected.

 

The first citation for prep as an abbreviation of prepare was over a hundred years ago and originally meant to train a horse. So that’s long enough that it’s made its way into dictionaries and since lots of people use it, it’s become a legitimate word in its own right.

 

That’s prep the verb, but prep the noun, meaning a person who’s gone to prep school, is even older. Prep as in prep school is first cited back in 1839. Urban Dictionary attests to the ongoing popularity of the word applied as some sort of insult to people whose parents paid for a private education.

 

Like many words that have become derogatory, prep started out as a good thing. One early citation was from a parent of a prep boy who made good.

 

I’ll talk about him in a moment, but first I’ll tell you about the parent of prep, since it has a lineage longer than two hundred years. As an English word, prepare is about five or six hundred years old but came via France from Latin. Preparare is a few thousand years old. Back then it meant “to make ready beforehand” which is pretty much what prepare means today. But since the pre prefix usually means “before”, doesn’t that imply that parare meant “to make ready”?

 

Indeed it does. And that’s why the little knife in the knife block in the kitchen is called a paring knife. It’s used to make the food ready.

 

Back to that preppy boy of one hundred and fifty years ago. His name was Sidney Lanier. And when he’d just turned twenty-one, his dad still felt he could give him some advice on writing. Quoted “a prep must mind his P’s and Q’s,” he said.

 

And I guess Sidney did, since he grew up to be one of America’s respected men of letters, teaching courses about Chaucer and Shakespeare at Johns Hopkins University. He wrote poetry and the US Postal Service issued a stamp with his face on it.


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Prep

 

John Richardson asked me to do the word “prep”. My immediate thought was that this was just an abbreviation of “prepare”. And of course it is.    but loss  of words are abbreviations of other words  are strength group since the abbreviation is become accepted in word,the old parent had been forgotten,the example I will give is"goodbye",notice "goodbye" is an abbreviation, another one is unknown the members that used to be "God be with you"

And it turns out that the word prep has been around a little longer than I’d have first expected.

 

 The first citation for prep as an abbreviation of prepare was over 100 years ago and originally meant to train a horse  So that’s long enough that it’s made its way into dictionaries and since lots of people use it, it’s become a legitimate word in its own right.  

 

That's prep the verb, but prep the noun, meaning a person who's gone to the prep school ,is even older. 

Prep as in prep school is first cited back in 1839. Urban Dictionary attests to the ongoing popularity of the word applied as some sort of insult to people whose parents paid for a private education.

 

 Like many words that have become derogatory prep started out as a good thing, One early citation  was from a parent of a prep who made good. 

 

I’ll talk about him in a moment, but first I’ll tell you about the parent of prep, since it has a lineage longer than two hundred years. As an English word, prepare is about five or six hundred years old but came via France from Latin. Preparare is a few thousand years old. Back then it meant “to make ready beforehand” which is pretty much what prepare means today. But since the pre prefix usually means “before”, doesn’t that imply that parare meant “to make ready”?

 

 And it does,And let's web a litte ** for the knief of **kitchen is called her preparing knief,is used to make the food ready.  

 

Back to that preppy boy of one hundred and fifty years ago. His name was Sidney Lanier. And when he’d just turned twenty-one, his dad still felt he could give him some advice on writing. Quoted “a prep must mind his P’s and Q’s,” he said.

 

And I guess Sidney did, since he grew up to be one of America’s respected men of letters, teaching courses about Chaucer and Shakespeare at Johns Hopkins University. He wrote poetry and the US Postal Service issued a stamp with his face on it.

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Prep

 

John Richardson asked me to do the word “prep”. My immediate thought was that this was just an abbreviation of “prepare”. And of course it is.    but lots of words are abbreviations ./Other words  are strength words that since the abbreviation is become accepted in word,the old parent has been forgotten,the example I will give is"goodbye",notice "goodbye" is an abbreviation,although it is ,and no one remembers that it used to be "God be with you"

And it turns out that the word prep has been around a little longer than I’d have first expected.

 

 The first citation for prep as an abbreviation of prepare was over 100 years ago and originally meant to train a horse  So that’s long enough that it’s made its way into dictionaries and since lots of people use it, it’s become a legitimate word in its own right.  

 

That's prep the verb, but prep the noun, meaning a person who's gone to a prep school ,is even older. 

Prep as in prep school is first cited back in 1839. Urban Dictionary attests to the ongoing popularity of the word applied as some sort of insult to people whose parents paid for a private education.

 

 Like many words that have become derogatory, prep started out as a good thing, One early citation was from the parent of a prep boy who made good. 

 

I’ll talk about him in a moment, but first I’ll tell you about the parent of prep, since it has a lineage longer than two hundred years. As an English word, prepare is about five or six hundred years old but came via France from Latin. Preparare is a few thousand years old. Back then it meant “to make ready beforehand” which is pretty much what prepare means today. But since the pre prefix usually means “before”, doesn’t that imply that parare meant “to make ready”?

 

 Indeed it does,And that's why the litte knife in the knife block in the kitchen is called a paring knief,it's used to make the food ready.  

 

Back to that preppy boy of one hundred and fifty years ago. His name was Sidney Lanier. And when he’d just turned twenty-one, his dad still felt he could give him some advice on writing. Quoted “a prep must mind his P’s and Q’s,” he said.

 

And I guess Sidney did, since he grew up to be one of America’s respected men of letters, teaching courses about Chaucer and Shakespeare at Johns Hopkins University. He wrote poetry and the US Postal Service issued a stamp with his face on it.

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Prep

 

John Richardson asked me to do the word “prep”. My immediate thought was that this was just an abbreviation of “prepare”. And of course it is.   But lots of words as abbreviations of others are strengths for it that since the abbreviation has become accepted word .The old pattern has been forgoten.
The example i'll give is "goodbye".Notice goodbye is an abbreviation ,although it is , no one remember it used to be "God be with you" .                                                                                                                    

 

And it turns out that the word prep has been around a little longer than I’d have first expected. The  first  *for prep as an abbreviation of prepare was over a hundred years ago,and reasonally meant "to train a horse."
 

                                                                                                                                                        So that’s long enough that it’s made its way into dictionaries and since lots of people use it, it’s become a legitimate word in its own right. That's prep the verb.But prep now , many person who's got a prepare school is even older .
 

                                                                                                                                                      Prep as in prep school is first cited back in 1839. Urban Dictionary attests to the ongoing popularity of the word applied as some sort of insult to people whose parents paid for a private education. Like many words that become  *,prep started as a good thing .One  early education was from parents to prep boy who make good .


 

                                                                                                                                                                  

 

I’ll talk about him in a moment, but first I’ll tell you about the parent of prep, since it has a lineage longer than two hundred years. As an English word, prepare is about five or six hundred years old but came via France from Latin. Preparare is a few thousand years old. Back then it meant “to make ready beforehand” which is pretty much what prepare means today. But since the pre prefix usually means “before”, doesn’t that imply that parare meant “to make ready”? Indeed it does.And that's why the little knife in the knife lock in the kitch is called a paring knife .It's used to make food ready.

 

                                                                                                                                                                     


 

Back to that preppy boy of one hundred and fifty years ago. His name was Sidney Lanier. And when he’d just turned twenty-one, his dad still felt he could give him some advice on writing. Quoted “a prep must mind his P’s and Q’s,” he said.

 

And I guess Sidney did, since he grew up to be one of America’s respected men of letters, teaching courses about Chaucer and Shakespeare at Johns Hopkins University. He wrote poetry and the US Postal Service issued a stamp with his face on it.

 

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Prep

 

John Richardson asked me to do the word “prep”. My immediate thought was that this was just an abbreviation of “prepare”. And of course it is. and no one remembers that used to be got be with you.       

 

And it turns out that the word prep has been around a little longer than I’d have first expected.

 

 This first citation for prep as an abbrevation prepare was over hundreds years ago and is remained to train a horse.  So that’s long enough that it’s made its way into dictionaries and since lots of people use it, it’s become a legitimate word in its own right.

 

That's prep the verb, but prep the noun, many a person who's gone to prep schools is even older          Prep as in prep school is first cited back in 1839. Urban Dictionary attests to the ongoing popularity of the word applied as some sort of insult to people whose parents paid for a private education.

 

Like many words that have become derogatory, prep started out as a good thing. When early citation was from a parent of prep way who made good.  

 

I’ll talk about him in a moment, but first I’ll tell you about the parent of prep, since it has a lineage longer than two hundred years. As an English word, prepare is about five or six hundred years old but came via France from Latin. Preparare is a few thousand years old. Back then it meant “to make ready beforehand” which is pretty much what prepare means today. But since the pre prefix usually means “before”, doesn’t that imply that parare meant “to make ready”?

 

And it does. That's why the little knife in alloy of the kitchen is called a paring knife. It's used to make the food ready

 

Back to that preppy boy of one hundred and fifty years ago. His name was Sidney Lanier. And when he’d just turned twenty-one, his dad still felt he could give him some advice on writing. Quoted “a prep must mind his P’s and Q’s,” he said.

 

And I guess Sidney did, since he grew up to be one of America’s respected men of letters, teaching courses about Chaucer and Shakespeare at Johns Hopkins University. He wrote poetry and the US Postal Service issued a stamp with his face on it.

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John Richardson asked me to do the word “prep”. My immediate thought was that this was just an abbreviation of “prepare”. And of course it is.    But lots of words is abbreviation of other words strength group   since the abbreviation become accepted in word ,   the old parent has been forgotten.The example I would give is "Goodbye".Notice goodbye is abbreviation.But it is.aAnd no one would remembers that it used be "God be with you."                                                                          

 

And it turns out that the word prep has been around a little longer than I’d have first expected.

 

The first citation for prep as the abbreviation prepare was over hundred  years ago.And originally meant to  train a house                                                                                                                                                     So that’s long enough that it’s made its way into dictionaries and since lots of people use it, it’s become a legitimate word in its own right.

 

 That's prep the verb. But prep the noun.  Meaning a person whose gonna to the prep school is even older. 

 Prep as in prep school is first cited back in 1839. Urban Dictionary attests to the ongoing popularity of the word applied as some sort of insult to people whose parents paid for a private education.

 

Like many words that become derogatory .Prep starts out as  a good thing.One early citation was from a parent of aprep boy who make good                                                                                                                                                        

 

I’ll talk about him in a moment, but first I’ll tell you about the parent of prep, since it has a lineage longer than two hundred years. As an English word, prepare is about five or six hundred years old but came via France from Latin. Preparare is a few thousand years old. Back then it meant “to make ready beforehand” which is pretty much what prepare means today. But since the pre prefix usually means “before”, doesn’t that imply that parare meant “to make ready”?

 

 Indeed does,  and that's why the little knife in the knife block in the kitchen is called a paring knife.It's used to make the food ready .

 

Back to that preppy boy of one hundred and fifty years ago. His name was Sidney Lanier. And when he’d just turned twenty-one, his dad still felt he could give him some advice on writing. Quoted “a prep must mind his P’s and Q’s,” he said.

 

And I guess Sidney did, since he grew up to be one of America’s respected men of letters, teaching courses about Chaucer and Shakespeare at Johns Hopkins University. He wrote poetry and the US Postal Service issued a stamp with his face on it.

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John Richardson asked me to do the word “prep”. My immediate thought was that this was just an abbreviation of “prepare”. And of course it is. But lots of words are abbreviations or other words are strengful to us since the abbreviation become accepted in word, the old parent has been forgotten, the example given is "goodbye", notice “goodbye” is an abbreviation, otherwise it is, no one would remember it’s used to be "God be with you"

And it turns out that the word prep has been around a little longer than I’d have first expected. The first citation for prep as an abreviation for prepare, it was over a hundred years ago and originally meant to train a horse .

So that’s long enough that it’s made its way into dictionaries and since lots of people use it, it’s become a legitimate word in its own right. That's prep the verb, but prep the noun, meaning is a person who's gone to a prep school, is even older. Prep as in prep school is first cited back in 1839. Urban Dictionary attests to the ongoing popularity of the word applied as some sort of insult to people whose parents paid for a private education.

Like many words that have become derogatory, prep started out as a good thing. One early citation was from the parent for a prep boy, who made good. I’ll talk about him in a moment, but first I’ll tell you about the parent of prep, since it has a lineage longer than two hundred years. As an English word, prepare is about five or six hundred years old but came via France from Latin. Preparare is a few thousand years old. Back then it meant “to make ready beforehand” which is pretty much what prepare means today. But since the pre prefix usually means “before”, doesn’t that imply that parare meant “to make ready”?

Indeed it does, and that ‘s why the little knife in the knife block in the kitchen is called “paring knife”, it is used to make the food ready. Back to that preppy boy of one hundred and fifty years ago. His name was Sidney Lanier. And when he’d just turned twenty-one, his dad still felt he could give him some advice on writing. Quoted “a prep must mind his P’s and Q’s,” he said. And I guess Sidney did, since he grew up to be one of America’s respected men of letters, teaching courses about Chaucer and Shakespeare at Johns Hopkins University. He wrote poetry and the US Postal Service issued a stamp with his face on it.

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Prep John Richardson asked me to do the word “prep”. My immediate thought was that this was just an abbreviation of “prepare”. And of course it is. But lots of words are abbreviation of others words are strange words that since their abbreviation became acceptable word, the old parent has been forgotten. And it turns out that the word prep has been around a little longer than I’d have first expected. So that’s long enough that it’s made its way into dictionaries and since lots of people use it, it’s become a legitimate word in its own right. Prep as in prep school is first cited back in 1839. Urban Dictionary attests to the ongoing popularity of the word applied as some sort of insult to people whose parents paid for a private education. I’ll talk about him in a moment, but first I’ll tell you about the parent of prep, since it has a lineage longer than two hundred years. As an English word, prepare is about five or six hundred years old but came via France from Latin. Preparare is a few thousand years old. Back then it meant “to make ready beforehand” which is pretty much what prepare means today. But since the pre prefix usually means “before”, doesn’t that imply that parare meant “to make ready”? Back to that preppy boy of one hundred and fifty years ago. His name was Sidney Lanier. And when he’d just turned twenty-one, his dad still felt he could give him some advice on writing. Quoted “a prep must mind his P’s and Q’s,” he said. And I guess Sidney did, since he grew up to be one of America’s respected men of letters, teaching courses about Chaucer and Shakespeare at Johns Hopkins University. He wrote poetry and the US Postal Service issued a stamp with his face on it. [ 本帖最后由 无敌又又 于 2008-11-4 19:24 编辑 ]
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John Richardson asked me to do the word “prep”. My immediate thought was that this was just an abbreviation of “prepare”. And of course it is.   but lots  of words are abbreviations. other words  are strength group since the abbreviation is become accepted in word,the old parent had been forgotten,the example I will give is"goodbye",notice "goodbye" is an abbreviation, another one is unknown the members that used to be "God be with you"And it turns out that the word prep has been around a little longer than I’d have first expected. The first citation for prep as an abbreviation of prepare was over 100 years ago and originally meant to train a horse  So that’s long enough that it’s made its way into dictionaries and since lots of people use it, it’s become a legitimate word in its own right. That's prep the verb, but prep the noun, meaning a person who's gone to the prep school ,is even older. Prep as in prep school is first cited back in 1839. Urban Dictionary attests to the ongoing popularity of the word applied as some sort of insult to people whose parents paid for a private education. Like many words that have become derogatory prep started out as a good thing, One early citation  was from a parent of a prep who made good. 

I’ll talk about him in a moment, but first I’ll tell you about the parent of prep, since it has a lineage longer than two hundred years. As an English word, prepare is about five or six hundred years old but came via France from Latin. Preparare is a few thousand years old. Back then it meant “to make ready beforehand” which is pretty much what prepare means today. But since the pre prefix usually means “before”, doesn’t that imply that parare meant “to make ready”?

And it does. That's why the little knife in the knife of the kitchen is called a paring knife. It's used to make the food ready.Back to that preppy boy of one hundred and fifty years ago. His name was Sidney Lanier. And when he’d just turned twenty-one, his dad still felt he could give him some advice on writing. Quoted “a prep must mind his P’s and Q’s,” he said.

And I guess Sidney did, since he grew up to be one of America’s respected men of letters, teaching courses about Chaucer and Shakespeare at Johns Hopkins University. He wrote poetry and the US Postal Service issued a stamp with his face on it.

 

 

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Prep

 

John Richardson asked me to do the word “prep”. My immediate thought was that this was just an abbreviation of “prepare”. And of course it is. But lots of words are abbreviations of other words  or strings of words that since the abbreviation has become accepted /in/ word, the older parent has been forgotten. The example I’d like to give is "goodbye". No one think of "goodbye" as an abbreviation, although it is, and no one remembers that it used to be "God be with you"


And it turns out that the word prep has been around a little longer than I’d have first expected.

 

 The first citation for prep as an abbreviation of prepare was over 100 years ago and originally meant to train a horse  So that’s long enough that it’s made its way into dictionaries and since lots of people use it, it’s become a legitimate word in its own right.  

 

That's prep the verb, but prep the noun, meaning a person who's gone to a prep school, is even older. 

Prep as in prep school is first cited back in 1839. Urban Dictionary attests to the ongoing popularity of the word applied as some sort of insult to people whose parents paid for a private education.

 

Like many words that have become derogatory, prep started out as a good thing. One early citation was from a parent of a prep boy who made good. 

 

I’ll talk about him in a moment, but first I’ll tell you about the parent of prep, since it has a lineage longer than two hundred years. As an English word, prepare is about five or six hundred years old but came via France from Latin. Preparare is a few thousand years old. Back then it meant “to make ready beforehand” which is pretty much what prepare means today. But since the pre prefix usually means “before”, doesn’t that imply that parare meant “to make ready”?

 

Indeed it does. And that's why the little knife in the knife block in the kitchen is called a paring knife. It's used to make the food ready.  

 

Back to that preppy boy of one hundred and fifty years ago. His name was Sidney Lanier. And when he’d just turned twenty-one, his dad still felt he could give him some advice on writing. Quoted “a prep must mind his P’s and Q’s,” he said.

 

And I guess Sidney did, since he grew up to be one of America’s respected men of letters, teaching courses about Chaucer and Shakespeare at Johns Hopkins University. He wrote poetry and the US Postal Service issued a stamp with his face on it.

 



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John Richardson asked me to do the word “prep”. My immediate thought was that this was just an abbreviation of “prepare”. And of course it is.  But lots of words are abbreviations of other words that strange forward that since the abbreviation has become an accepted word,the older prep has been forgotten. The example like we give is “goodbye”, no one thinks “goodbye” it an  abbreviation. But it is and no one remember that it used to be “god be with you”.And it turns out that the word prep has been around a little longer than I’d have first expected.

 

The first citation for pre as an abbreviation as prepare was over one hundred years ago and recently met a trade of a horse. So that’s long enough that it’s made its way into dictionaries and since lots of people use it, it’s become a legitimate word in its own right.

 

That’s pre the verb,but pre the noun meaning a person who’s gone to pre-school is even older. Prep as in prep school is first cited back in 1839. Urban Dictionary attests to the ongoing popularity of the word applied as some sort of insult to people whose parents paid for a private education.

 

Like many words that are become derogatory prep started as a good thing. When early citation was from a parent of a prep boy who made good. 

 

I’ll talk about him in a moment, but first I’ll tell you about the parent of prep, since it has a lineage longer than two hundred years. As an English word, prepare is about five or six hundred years old but came via France from Latin. Preparare is a few thousand years old. Back then it meant “to make ready beforehand” which is pretty much what prepare means today. But since the pre prefix usually means “before”, doesn’t that imply that parare meant “to make ready”?

 

Indeed it does. And that’s why the little knife in the knife lock of kitchen is called “a preping knife”. It is used to make the food ready.

 

Back to that preppy boy of one hundred and fifty years ago. His name was Sidney Lanier. And

when he’d just turned twenty-one, his dad still felt he could give him some advice on writing. Quoted “a prep must mind his P’s and Q’s,” he said.

And I guess Sidney did, since he grew up to be one of America’s respected men of letters, teaching courses about Chaucer and Shakespeare at Johns Hopkins University. He wrote poetry and the US Postal Service issued a stamp with his face on it.

 

 

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Prep

 

John Richardson asked me to do the word “prep”. My immediate thought was that this was just an abbreviation of “prepare”. And of course it is.

But lots of words are abbreviation.The other words are strength for it. That since the abbreviation has become accepted in word.The old parent had been forgotten. The example I will give is "goodbye".Notice "goodbye" is an abbreviation,although it is,and no one remember it used to be "God be with you".   And it turns out that the word prep has been around a little longer than I’d have first expected.

The first indication for prep as the abbreviation prepare was over hundred years ago,and originally meant to train a horse. So that’s long enough that it’s made its way into dictionaries and since lots of people use it, it’s become a legitimate word in its own right.

That prep the verb,but prep the noun meaning a person who's gone to a prep school is even older.

 Prep as in prep school is first cited back in 1839. Urban Dictionary attests to the ongoing popularity of the word applied as some sort of insult to people whose parents paid for a private education.

Like many words that have become derogatory, prep started out as a good thing.One early citation was from a parent of a preppy boy who made good.

I’ll talk about him in a moment, but first I’ll tell you about the parent of prep, since it has a lineage longer than two hundred years. As an English word, prepare is about five or six hundred years old but came via France from Latin. Preparare is a few thousand years old. Back then it meant “to make ready beforehand” which is pretty much what prepare means today. But since the pre prefix usually means “before”, doesn’t that imply that parare meant “to make ready”?

Indeed it does.And that's why the little knife in the knife block in the kitchen is called "paring kinfe",it's used to make the food ready.

Back to that preppy boy of one hundred and fifty years ago. His name was Sidney Lanier. And when he’d just turned twenty-one, his dad still felt he could give him some advice on writing. Quoted “a prep must mind his P’s and Q’s,” he said.

 

And I guess Sidney did, since he grew up to be one of America’s respected men of letters, teaching courses about Chaucer and Shakespeare at Johns Hopkins University. He wrote poetry and the US Postal Service issued a stamp with his face on it.

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Prep

 

John Richardson asked me to do the word “prep”. My immediate thought was that this was just an abbreviation of “prepare”. And of course it is. But lots of words are abbreviations of other words are strange words that since the abbreviation has become an accepted word the old parent has been forgotten.

 

The example I'd like to give is "goodbye". Known as this goodbye is an abbreviation, althouth it is. I ... remember that used to be "God be with you".

 

And it turns out that the word prep has been around a little longer than I’d have first expected.

 

The first citation for prep as an abbreviation of prepare was over a hundreds ago and usually meant to train a horse.So that’s long enough that it’s made its way into dictionaries and since lots of people use it, it’s become a legitimate word in its own right.

 

That's prep the verb. But prep the noun meaning a person who's gone to prep school  he's even older.

Prep as in prep school is first cited back in 1839. Urban Dictionary attests to the ongoing popularity of the word applied as some sort of insult to people whose parents paid for a private education.

 

Like many words that has become ... ,prep started out as a good thing. When early citation was from a parent of a ... boy who make good.

 

I’ll talk about him in a moment, but first I’ll tell you about the parent of prep, since it has a lineage longer than two hundred years. As an English word, prepare is about five or six hundred years old but came via France from Latin. Preparare is a few thousand years old. Back then it meant “to make ready beforehand” which is pretty much what prepare means today. But since the pre prefix usually means “before”, doesn’t that imply that parare meant “to make ready”?

 

Indeed it does. That's why the little knife in the knife lock in the kitchen is called a paring knife.It's used to make food ready.

 

Back to that preppy boy of one hundred and fifty years ago. His name was Sidney Lanier. And when he’d just turned twenty-one, his dad still felt he could give him some advice on writing. Quoted “a prep must mind his P’s and Q’s,” he said.

 

And I guess Sidney did, since he grew up to be one of America’s respected men of letters, teaching courses about Chaucer and Shakespeare at Johns Hopkins University. He wrote poetry and the US Postal Service issued a stamp with his face on it.

 

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John Richardson asked me to do the word “prep”. My immediate thought was that this was just an abbreviation of “prepare”. And of course it is. But lots of words are abbreviations of other words or strings of words that since abbreviation has become accepted word. The old parent had been forgotten.

The example I was give is good-bye. No one know goodbye is an abbreviation, although it si. And no one remembers that it used to be gob be with you. 

And it turns out that the word prep has been around a little longer than I'd have first expected.

The first citation for prep as an abbreviation of prepare was over 100 years ago. And originally meant to train a horse. So that's long enough that it's made its way into dictionaries and since lots of people use it, it's become a legitimate word in its own right.

That's prep the verb. But prep the noun meaning a person who's gone to prep school is even older. Prep as in prep school is first cited back in 1839. Urban Dictionary attests to the ongoing popularity of the word applied as some sort of insult to people whose parents paid for a private education.

Like many words that have become a dregatary . Prep started out as a good thing.One early citation was from a parent of a prep boy who made good.

I'll talk about him in a moment, but first I'll tell you about the parent of prep, since it has a lineage longer than two hundred years. As an English word, prepare is about five or six hundred years old but came via France from Latin. Preparare is a few thousand years old. Back then it meant “to make ready beforehand” which is pretty much what prepare means today. But since the pre prefix usually means “before”, doesn't that imply that parare meant “to make ready”?

It is does. And that's why the little knife in the knife block in the kitchen is called a preknife. It's used to make the food ready.

Back to that preppy boy of one hundred and fifty years ago. His name was Sidney Lanier. And when he'd just turned twenty-one, his dad still felt he could give him some advice on writing. Quoted “a prep must mind his P's and Q's,” he said.

And I guess Sidney did, since he grew up to be one of America's respected men of letters, teaching courses about Chaucer and Shakespeare at Johns Hopkins University. He wrote poetry and the US Postal Service issued a stamp with his face on it.

 

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Prep John Richardson asked me to do the word “prep”. My immediate thought was that this was just an abbreviation of “prepare”. And of course it is. But lots of words are abbreviations of other words or strings of words that since the abbreviation has become accepted word, the older parent has been forgotten. The example I’d like to give is goodbye. No one think of goodbye as an abbreviation, although it is. And no one remembers that it used to be God be with you. And it turns out that the word prep has been around a little longer than I’d have first expected. The first citation for prep as an abbreviation of prepare was over a hundred years ago and originally meant to train a horse. So that’s long enough that it’s made its way into dictionaries and since lots of people use it, it’s become a legitimate word in its own right. That’s prep the verb, but prep the noun, meaning a person who’s gone to prep school, is even older. Prep as in prep school is first cited back in 1839. Urban Dictionary attests to the ongoing popularity of the word applied as some sort of insult to people whose parents paid for a private education. Like many words that have become derogatory, prep started out as a good thing. One early citation was from a parent of a prep boy who made good. I’ll talk about him in a moment, but first I’ll tell you about the parent of prep, since it has a lineage longer than two hundred years. As an English word, prepare is about five or six hundred years old but came via France from Latin. Preparare is a few thousand years old. Back then it meant “to make ready beforehand” which is pretty much what prepare means today. But since the pre prefix usually means “before”, doesn’t that imply that parare meant “to make ready”? Indeed it does. And that’s why the little knife in the knife block in the kitchen is called a paring knife. It’s used to make the food ready. Back to that preppy boy of one hundred and fifty years ago. His name was Sidney Lanier. And when he’d just turned twenty-one, his dad still felt he could give him some advice on writing. Quoted “a prep must mind his P’s and Q’s,” he said. And I guess Sidney did, since he grew up to be one of America’s respected men of letters, teaching courses about Chaucer and Shakespeare at Johns Hopkins University. He wrote poetry and the US Postal Service issued a stamp with his face on it.
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