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Posted: 31 May 2018 10:54 AM   [ Ignore ]
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An article in the NY Times magazine discusses the variant usages for the two words, by Ben Zimmer. What is interesting is that OED’s reiterate precedes iterate by more than a century. Is that uncommon when an entry for a prefixed word precedes the base word?  I’ve never heard or read the verb iterate being used as in, to repeat, which is the only definition for the word, reiterate is the far more popular usage.

https://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/13/magazine/13FOB-onlanguage-t.htmln

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Posted: 01 June 2018 01:57 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Your link is broken.

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Posted: 01 June 2018 04:16 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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"Try this,” he said, iteratively:

https://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/13/magazine/13FOB-onlanguage-t.html

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Posted: 01 June 2018 07:40 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Faldage - 01 June 2018 01:57 AM

Your link is broken.

Yes, I can see, but I don’t understand why, as I don’t understand why Cuchufletes is not broken. Sorry.

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Posted: 01 June 2018 08:15 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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.htmin vs .html The latter works - however Google will take you there using either link.

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Posted: 02 June 2018 01:57 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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I found the inclusion of redouble at the end interesting.  I know it from the game of bridge, which I don’t play (but that doesn’t stop me from reading about it).  I always took it to mean something one team would do after the other team had doubled. (Whatever that means in the context of bridge)

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Posted: 02 June 2018 12:30 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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I always took it to mean something one team would do after the other team had doubled.

Indeed it is.

(Whatever that means in the context of bridge)

The first part of every hand of bridge consists of the players ‘bidding’ in turn - i.e. saying how many tricks they expect to make if their nominated suit is trumps. If your opponent makes a bid that you believe you can prevent them making, you have the option of saying “Double!” This means that if this bid is accepted, and they have to play that hand, they stand to make double the points if they succeed, and lose double the points if they fail. However, if they are really sure they can do it, they have the option of saying “Redouble!” which redoubles the stakes either way.

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