LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
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Not invented. Dictionary.com lists it as a variant of prorogue, yet another verb carrying the same meaning and connotation and probably used in the same sense.
Etymology of prorogate - Middle English prorogaten, from Latin prorogatus, past participle of prorogare.¹
Etymology of prorogue - Origin: 1375–1425; late ME proroge < L prōrogāre to prolong, protract, defer, lit., to ask publicly, equiv. to prō- pro-1 + rogāre to ask, propose]
1425, "to prolong, extend," from O.Fr. proroger (14c.), from L. prorogare, lit. "to ask publicly," from pro "before" + rogare "to ask." Perhaps the original sense in L. was "to ask for public assent to extending someone's term in office." Meaning "to discontinue temporarily" is attested from 1455.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2001 Douglas Harper²
As you may have already checked, these two words will likely appear on small prints of business contracts with provisions or clauses extending them. I think boiler plate laywers have a way with these. They will use the word because others have long or traditionally used it and no one ever complained.
Also not a word to intersperse a highly informal conversation with.
You will or shall get better clues.
¹ Merriam-Webster's World Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged.
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