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I saw this for the first time in something recent: "just wed".

I wonder how and when it is used (BrE only, under certain conditions). Does it mean exactly the same as "married"?

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It's just one of those English things where there's a choice between Saxon-German or Norman-Latin words.

Wed is Germanic, meaning to wager/bet/promise; to marry comes from the Latin.

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I "accepted answer"-ed your answer, it's the most precise to me –  BiAiB May 2 '11 at 16:34
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@BiAiB What's wrong with saying "I accepted your answer"? :P –  Matthew Read May 2 '11 at 17:09
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@Matthew, "accepted your answer" would mean he agrees with me, while "accepted answer"-ed means he clicked the button. I suppose it's the difference between voting for a candidate and actually believing in them ;-) –  mgb May 2 '11 at 17:12
    
@matthew, if you look at the caption of the button, it says "Click to set this answer as your accepted answer", and not "click to accept this answer" :p. @Martin Becket I actually agree with you. But "I accept your answer" have a tone I don't like, plus it could mean that I didn't find other answer acceptable, which is not the case. –  BiAiB May 3 '11 at 9:17
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Both "just married" and "just wed" mean the same thing.

In my experience, I have seen "just married" more than "just wed." A Google Ngram confirms the usage of just married as more frequent:

just married vs. just wed

Perhaps the shorter phrase was used to fit on the license plate.

You will also see "newlyweds" to refer to people who have just been married.

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They mean the same thing.

Just wed

Sounds better, in my opinion.

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