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A.Word.A.Day--prepone

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Have you ever asked yourself "If I can postpone something why can't I prepone it?" Well, you definitely can. It's just that sometimes we are not aware of the word. Prepone is an everyday word in India, where meetings, elections, weddings, movie releases, exams, court cases, and more are preponed all the time.

This week's collection features five words that are lesser-known counterparts of more common words.

prepone (pree-PON) verb tr.

To reschedule an event to an earlier time.

[Modeled after the word postpone, from Latin pre- (before) + ponere (to put).]

-Anu Garg (words at wordsmith.org)

"Realising a long gap, the Election Commission today decided to prepone to February 23 the counting of votes ... which was originally scheduled for February 27."
Counting in Haryana Advanced to Feb 23; Outlook (New Delhi, India); Feb 17, 2008.

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