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Topic: 4) This part's still good (1 of 3), Read 47 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Barbara Wallraff (msgrammar@theatlantic.com)
Date: Thursday, April 22, 1999 11:32 AM

Eric C. Davis, of Atlanta, Ga., writes: "Is there a word for the phenomenon in which one part of a whole of lasts longer than the components that finish off the whole? (For example, the glue dries up or the thread snaps that holds the Velcro to the item being Velcroed?)"

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Topic: 4) This part's still good (2 of 3), Read 29 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Roger Gay (roger.f.gay@telia.se)
Date: Thursday, April 29, 1999 03:48 AM

It's "broken". Also, "in disrepair".

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Topic: 4) This part's still good (3 of 3), Read 23 times
Conf: Word Fugitives, with Barbara Wallraff
From: Dan Chall (danchall@interport.net)
Date: Thursday, April 29, 1999 07:55 PM

VESTIGE seems pretty close to what you're talking about. Not quite it, though.

--Dan


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