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Monday, December 13, 2004


\uh-BOR-ning\ , adverb;
While being produced or born.
Being produced or born.
In universities at least as much as anywhere else, vast floods of words pour forth to no useful end. Nothing would be lost if they had died aborning.
-- Loren Lomasky, "Talking the talk: Have universities lost sight of why they exist?", Reason, May 2001
In "Base-Ball: How to Become a Player" he expounds on the importance of the sport's vital edges: pickoffs, relay throws, brushback pitches, drawing the infield in or moving it out, hit-and-run plays, signals -- all commonplace today, but in 1888 only aborning.
-- Bryan Di Salvatore, A Clever Base-Ballist
Nine months later, ABC Washington bureau chief George Watson left to join the aborning Cable News Network, taking several staffers with him.
-- Judy Flander, "Catching up with Katie Couric", Saturday Evening Post, September 1, 1992
Aborning is derived from a-, "in the act of" + English dialect borning, "birth."
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