Preregistration

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  1. Jason

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    There is no such word as "preregister". There isn't even a concept to which that word might apply.

    As far as I know fencing is the only activity in the world where people don't understand what the word "register" means and, therefore, use "preregister".

    You don't "preregister" to do something. You register to do it. Then you show up and check in. Perhaps you "preregister" when you find the pen you'll need to fill out the registration form. Or maybe it's when you ask your mom for the registration fee.

    So knock it off, or I'll get you.
     
  2. edew

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    Sounds like I could have PREdicted that coming from you. :mutant:
     
  3. Redblade

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    Funny thing about prefixes -- they can be attached to all sorts of words to expand their original meanings.
     
  4. Peach

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    It's in my Shorter Oxford English Dictionary.

    noun: Registration in advance; the action of preregistering.
     
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  5. Jason

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    Even funnier when it's attached to a word to mean exactly what the word meant in the first place.

    That's just PREtarded.
     
  6. DHCJr

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    Your statement doesn't hold water.

    Look at this

    http://search.yahoo.com/search?p=preregistration&fr=yfp-t-410&toggle=1&cop=&ei=UTF-8

    Even the government uses preregistration at the Copyright Office.

    There can be a difference with preregistration and registration. Many events have preregistration, you indicate you are going and you may even pay money, but maybe not all or you might not have all the documentation.

    Preregistration is a valid concept.
     
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  7. Jason

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    Don't PREtend that just because the government uses a word it is prevalidated.

    If I preindicate I am going to be somewhere, how does that differ from when I indicate I'm going to be somewhere?
     
  8. RoninX

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    Because you are not required to put any money where your mouth is when I preregister! When I actually register they want a check. Preregistration is valid.
     
  9. MyrddinsPrecint

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    If it's in the OED, it's in the English Language. By definition.

    Whether it's the most applicable term or not, that might be a discussion. But the validity of the term is not.
     
  10. Redblade

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    Troll.

    Doesn't have much ammunition, either.
    This thread deserves a lock-down. Or move elsewhere.
     
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  11. DHCJr

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    As far as I know fencing is the only activity in the world where people don't understand what the word "register" means and, therefore, use "preregister".

    This was the statement that I felt didn't hold water. I just mentioned one, which is to invalidate your statement. But since you insist; there is preregistration for Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics conference, for Williams College, Conneticut College, Children's Healthcare, Drew University, ESI Healthcare.

    Considering colleges and universities are supposed to be teaching the English language, preregistration might be valid.
     
  12. Greg

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    How about ...

    Preboarding an airplane. Huh! Or an overcrowded prison. Exactly what does that imply?
     
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    More than the maximum designed capacity.
     
  14. telkanuru

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    George carlin I think has a pretty fun little rant about this.

    How about the new E3, the E3 Expo. That's right. The Electronic Entertainement Expo Expo.

    Although my personal pet peeve with regard to grammar is the use of the ' in possession and pluralization.
    IE. I saw a sign yesterday in front of a sports bar "Come in and watch our HDTV'S". Your HDTV's what, exactly?
     
  15. DJ Apostrophe

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    In those veins:

    PIN Number - ack

    There is a Wendy's around the corner from my work with multiple signs in the Drive Thru lane "Please turn off all radio's and cell phones." ... I was amused to see someone put a yellow sticky note on one of the signs... in big bold letters (sharpie maybe) WTF? with an arrow pointing to the apostrophe.

    -w
     
  16. mrbiggs

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    You PREregister a month before a tournament.
    You register at the door.

    It's a distinction that tournaments usually make...
     
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  17. Jason

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    The word register does not carry any connotation of immediacy. I can certainly register for something a month before it happens.
     
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    Yep. Or you can preregister.

    That's like saying that the word "square" has no meaning.
     
  19. Jason

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    No, I'm saying the word presquare has no meaning.

    How about this: Tomorrow I'm going to a movie. Shall I prebuy my tickets?
     
  20. mrbiggs

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    Misapplying a prefix does not mean that the prefix is worthless.

    You preregister beforehand. You register at the tournament. It's a distinction we make in English. It's not a necessary distinction, but it adds information to the sentence. I don't understand what's difficult about that...
     

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