was (adjective)

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was (adjective)

Post by Edwin F Ashworth » Sat Jan 05, 2013 6:03 pm

I was in a shop selling sports (OK, -ish) clothing today, buying a few mid-layer fleeces in the sale.

There was a notice that mentioned 'pre-sale-discounted prices (ie was-prices)'. I mentioned this to the salesperson, then spent ten minutes explaining that I was remarking on the English usage rather than complaining about obscurantist sales-spiel. She then explained that they use a box labelled 'was' into which to throw price-labels that are being replaced by those showing sale prices.

I'm not sure whether this constitutes folk-etymology or not, but it's fun.
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Post by PhilHunt » Tue Feb 12, 2013 5:43 pm

I've seen 'was' used before as a noun. For example, the gloomy British singer Morrissey wrote a song called "Now I am a was".

I'm quite sure I've heard 'was' used as an adjective. For example, on hearing some old news that you may think is new, the listener could retort, "that's such was news."
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Post by Edwin F Ashworth » Wed Feb 13, 2013 5:17 pm

.. WoZ is, of course, unarguably a noun ..
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Post by trolley » Wed Feb 13, 2013 10:05 pm

...if ever, oh ever a wiz there WoZ...
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