Monday, 13th April 2015

by Joshua Gaskell

Based, adj.

Pronunciation: /beɪst/
Etymology: Partly < base n. + -ed suffix, and partly < base v. + -ed suffix.

1. As the second element in compounds: having as a foundation, fundamental principle, or underlying basis; spec. as the favoured participle of comedians wishing to formulate an outlandish compound adjective that also serves as a back-reference to an earlier part of their routine, e.g. biscuit-based treats, owl-based material, etc.
2. As the second element in compounds: having an administrative or operational centre in the location specified; spec. as the favoured participle of now-foreign-owned companies wishing to give the impression of a connection with Britain, e.g. UK-based chemist, supermarket, etc.

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