Back-formation love

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  • Back-formation (or back formation or backformation) is a term that describes the way certain words are formed.

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  • Back-formation from orientation: this might not be how the first instance of the verb was formed, but I'm quite sure it can play a role for people's preferences.

    On being orient(at)ed

  • News 7 Jan. 2 To have an eye to its [the book's] merits rather than to its defects, is obviously log-rolling. log-roll, v. [Back-formation from LOG-ROLLING.] a. trans.

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