Think aloud about ‘prefix’

2016-05-04 06:00

RE-RATER - this rather amusing euphemism, employed by my medical aid when informing members of increased fees for 2016, got me thinking.
Reading through a pile of back issues of Garden & Home, and Home magazines while on a short break, made me realise this is a trend that can both amuse and inform.

We are constantly urged to reduce, reuse, recycle (are we all listening?), but what about redesign, redecorate and, my latest favourite, re-purpose?
This latter was seen in an advertisement for trays, bread boards, and other small wooden articles made from “re-purposed French oak”, which sell at exorbitant prices in only the best furniture and décor stores.

I believe we would all benefit by encouraging and employing this trend in our daily lives. I do follow the three Rs to the best of my ability, but fully intend to keep this in mind. Whenever I feel the urge to buy a new item of furniture, or to add to the décor, I will first consider how I might “re” an existing item in my home.

Corinne Winson

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