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USAGE: The Prefix "Ob-"

From:John Cowan <cowan@...>
Date:Thursday, June 12, 2003, 4:17
Steg Belsky scripsit:

> Doesn't "Ob" as in "ObConlang" stand for "Obligatory on-topic comment, > because after all the list is supposed to be about..." ? > So wouldn't "ObsemiOT" or "ObOffTopic" or anything else that isn't > "ObConlang" be self-contradictory? > Could this be a shift in meaning for the prefix?
I interpret Ob- as meaning simply "obligatory". "Obligatory off-topic" is ironic, but not actually self-contradictory. -- John Cowan "If I have seen farther than others, it is because I was standing on the shoulders of giants." --Isaac Newton