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Posted: 15 December 2007 08:39 PM   [ Ignore ]
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I recently heard this word used by a computer game reviewer, to mean “excessively powered”, “given too much power”.

Call me old fashioned, but I don’t like it one jot.

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Posted: 16 December 2007 08:09 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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It’s a natural, if somewhat unfortunate, use of the prefix “over-” to mean excessively. Cf. “overclock.”

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Posted: 16 December 2007 09:40 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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I remember, from some thirty years ago, “overpowered” used of a car with too powerful an engine for the suspension and brakes to cope with.

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Posted: 16 December 2007 08:15 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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I would probably use the hapless hyphen to distinguish “overpowered” from “over-powered”. But I suppose that would be hopelessly oldfashioned.

(ed.) or, as OP Tipping says wittily, “old fashioned”

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Posted: 17 December 2007 03:37 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Not nearly as potentially confusing as “oversight”.

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Posted: 17 December 2007 11:15 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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If you thought I was being witty, you overestimate me.

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