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    What does the 'compounds' mean?

    He marketed some of his compounds and made a fortune, they say. This sentence is taken from collins Cobuild English Usage. But what does the word 'compounds' mean, chemicals or areas surrounded by a fence with buildings inside? I would think it's the latter, am I right?

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    Re: What does the 'compounds' mean?

    Do you know what 'the latter' means The idea of marketing secure areas is faintly bizarre. ConcentrationCampsʀUs ???

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    PS Sorry for not recognizing the problem. It's a particular use of 'compounds' that isn't the chemical sort; it's an 'unidentified mixture of stuff', often used in Victorian/Edwardian marketing. (The Scaffold song Lily the Pink satirized this sort of panacea.)
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    Re: What does the 'compounds' mean?

    I would read "compounds" as chemical formulations or concoctions of ingredients put together for a particular purpose.

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