What does to be reverse bartered mean?
Attention: I'm not a teacher.
There are an hypothetical sentence concerning the matter in question and a brief explanation of the term “barter”.
For example, he managed to buy a whole new outfit for 100Y when the original cost had been 300Y. Not too bad but the idiot was out on the razz the night I wasn't and somehow reverse bartered. He bought a woolen Communist great coat from a tiny Chinese bouncer for 30 US Dollars when the guy had already said he wanted 200Y for it. Therefore he paid 40Y more than he needed to. Mats was a quirky guy though so it fit well.
barter = trade by the direct exchange of goods for other goods without using money or other medium of exchange.
to barter (v) = to trade (goods or services) without the exchange of money.
reverse = moving, acting, or organized in a manner contrary to the usual.
An example of a barter arrangement would be if someone built a fence for a cattle farmer in exchange for food. Rather than the farmer paying the builder, say, $1,000 for the fence, he would give the builder a similar value in beef.
Hi Vil and the others,
there could be a problem with the spelling. There is a word 'battered'.
to batter is similiar to 'hit someone' or 'lay a hand on someone'.
Maybe I'm totally wrong here and there is no typo in Magadalena's question.
However, I thought it was worth mentioning.
Best Regards and have a nice Sunday,
Last edited by Snowcake; 30-Mar-2008 at 15:17.
You're right. That's why I tried to point out that there could be a typo (because there was no context given by magdalena). I entirely agree with Vil. I've refered to Anglika's response in my first post, but obviously my answer wasn't clear enough.
Sorry, I didn't mean to confuse anyone or put Vil's answer into question. I only wanted to show that there could be another meaning (with regard to a typo) Embarrassing. Sorry.
What do you mean by this quotation? (The words don't exist)?
Grévisse (a French grammarian often quoted by my French master) meant that words don't have a separate existence (floating around somewhere in the ether ), and that without context they are impossible to comment on.
I should have known better.
Unless there is a context, this will remain a mystery. The term, reverse bartering, is seen in auctions, merchandising, swap meets and licensing agreements.