Get used to what words mean
Published 03/09/2008 | 09:00
If he wants to have any future as a pedant Keith Haines (Write Back, September 1) should think twice before committing himself to print.
The phrase ‘pre-used' is a perfectly acceptable alternative to second-hand and does not have to be interpreted as ‘before it is used', as he suggests.
Prefabricated doesn't mean ‘before it was fabricated'. ‘Pre-engaged' and ‘pre-established' respectively mean engaged and established beforehand. Thus ‘pre-used' can legitimately be interpreted as ‘used before'. Or am I being preposterously prescriptive?