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Fruity
Posted: Thursday, March 16, 2017 4:34:12 AM

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How's life treating you, all?

mac out
to overeat, especially the type of food served at McDonald’s fast-food restaurants.
I’ve been in Europe for a month, and I just want to get home and mac out.

Is this a common phrase? What is the past tense of "mac"?


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thar
Posted: Thursday, March 16, 2017 6:48:14 AM

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Only to Americans who have no tastebuds or sense of adventure (kidding) Whistle

Well, you can see it is a made-up word. From MacDonalds, Big Mac, etc.

So, knowing the way past tenses are commonly formed, how do you think the people who invented this word tended to form the past tense of it? How would you do it?

(Take into account the spelling/pronunciation rules of single c-e.
It is not normal to end an English verb in -c.
How would you keep that -ac sound in a past tense form? Think )
Donthailand
Posted: Thursday, March 16, 2017 7:51:32 AM
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I would just use "Mac'd"...
Orson Burleigh
Posted: Thursday, March 16, 2017 9:01:19 AM

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Fruity wrote:
How's life treating you, all?

mac out
to overeat, especially the type of food served at McDonald’s fast-food restaurants.
I’ve been in Europe for a month, and I just want to get home and mac out.

Is this a common phrase? What is the past tense of "mac"?


We are well, thanks for asking. Along the Chesapeake Bay the Ides of March Storm (also known as Storm Stella) brought us a little snow, then sleet and freezing rain. Coffee had been made before the electric power went out, so it wasn't too bad for us retired folks.

In re 'mac out': As part of the well over 60 set, I've not encountered the verb to mac. I expect that Thar is right on the derivation and usage. Thar's well-founded advice that you consider both the normal formation of past tenses and the vanishingly rare use of 'c' to graphically represent the sound of a final 'k' in English verbs suggests that a safe past tense of mac out would be macked out. Donthailand's 'mac'd out' also avoids some possible confusion.

Maced out presents a problem as there is a colloquially used verb 'to mace' which means to apply pepper spray or to assault using pepper spray. To be 'maced out' would indicate that one has been on the receiving end of such a spray.
Fruity
Posted: Thursday, March 16, 2017 9:51:00 AM

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Thanks a lot for the replies, everybody!

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Wilmar (USA)
Posted: Thursday, March 16, 2017 2:36:02 PM

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I've never heard the expression.
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