Postpone

For some reason, I feel like discussing the word postpone.

I like symmetry, so it bothers me that no one ever uses the word prepone. There should be a matching word. Post means after, pre means before, so prepone should mean to move something earlier in schedule. Just the opposite of postpone.

I did some searching, and there was only one online dictionary that listed prepone as the opposite of postpone. Maybe it hasn’t caught on because no one ever does anything earlier than necessary. Things at work are always delayed, never opposite-of-delayed.

And while I’m at it, why don’t we use the word pone for schedule? It’s certainly easier to write and to say, but maybe people have a problem with Latin (where the pone from postpone originated)?

It’s not like we use all the forms for postpone currently, so we could just use pone as it is and not worry about ponam, ponemus, or ponendum.

So Amasa went to call out the men of Judah, but he delayed longer than the set time which he had appointed him.

2 Samuel 20:5

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