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PR, PR-ed

verb; acronym
PR is an abbreviation for ersonal record, that is, one’s best performance in a given event. As a verb, PR takes the meaning to set a personal record, and PR-ed is to have set a personal record in the past Type of Formation: zero derivation of an abbreviation Possible Reason Used: Personal record or PR is the currently preferred terminology for describing one’s all-time best effort at an event (although in some communities the term Personal Best has gained popularity). Thus it is logical that an innovative form may arise to describe the act of setting a personal record or giving one’s best performance that builds upon terminology already in the lexicon. Note that the present participle has never be encountered, it is not said, “he is PR-ing.” Most likely this form does not exist because of the semantic distinction of a record being a fixed event is retained; hence record (in the sense of a mark or standard) does assume a transitive meaning even though PR assumes the verb form.
 
Source : Term used by the broader athletic community particularly in sports with an emphasis on individual achievement
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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