Recently I’ve been hearing ‘prepone’ a lot at work. I had never heard this word before though it didn’t take me too long to figure out what it means. For those still wondering, it is basically the opposite of postpone.
Anyhow, while writing an official email today I had the opportunity to use it myself and this is when I realized that it isn’t exactly an official word, since MS Word was flagging it as a misspelling. Some quick Googling revealed that it has its origins in India and is mostly used by South Asians (read respectively, here and here).
It also says that it is in the New Oxford Dictionary of English published in 1998, then why isn’t it in MS Word and other dictionary sites (even Google doesn’t recognize it as a proper word)?
Anyway, I think the word is very logical and makes perfect sense and kept it in my email.