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English citations of prepone

Earliest newspaper uses via Google News archive:

  • prepone: Trenor, John J.D. (Dec 5, 1913). Prepone. The New York Times (New York). Accessed from
    For the benefit mainly of the legal profession in this age of hurry in bustle may I be permitted to coin the word "prepone" as a needed rival of that much revered and oft-invoked standby, "postpone"
  • prepone: Stevens, William K. (Mar 19, 1984). Across India, The English Tongue Get New Twist. The New York Times (New York).
    "It is better to make the booking for Tuesday rather than Wednesday so that later you would not have to prepone it," the reservations clerk said...
Kruton 16:56, 27 March 2008 (UTC)

Earliest Usenet uses via Google Groups:

  • prepone: net.puzzle - May 18 1985, 8:37 am by P.VERMA
    In India, the opposite of "postpone" is widely accepted to be "prepone". Even newspapers use this apparently correct word. However, I have not been able to locate it in any dictionary.
  • preponed: soc.culture.indian - Dec 19 1989, 6:18 am by Neeraj Bhatnagar
    Tuesday Morning (purposefully preponed by a day)
  • preponement: soc.culture.indian - Dec 19 1989, 6:18 am by Neeraj Bhatnagar
    So long till the next Tuesday (and no preponement next time), Neeraj Bhatnagar
  • preponing: - Jan 24 1990, 4:12 am by Jordan Hayes
    A friend told me that according to a recent New York Times article, Indian Airlines was arbitrarily cancelling, postponing, and preponing flights, and this had caused at least one riot in India.
  • prepones: alt.politics.homosexuality - Jan 21 1997, 10:02 am by Brian Stanley
    And I disagree with your analysis here. To the extent contingent being is our problem, God merely postpones (or rather prepones, or better extrapones ... hmmm) it, obviously.

Hippietrail 12:47, 12 May 2005 (UTC)