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Taylor Kirk  Identity Verified

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Apr 30, 2008

Howdy All,

My mom is on the mailing list for one "Word a Day" and she forwards me funny comments like these. If anyone has already seen them I apologize. For the record, my favorite verbifications are: to Swift Boat, to railroad, and to punk! The creator of Calvin and Hobbes once said "Verbing weirds language."



Subject: Re: A.Word.A.Day--suspire

I am currently studying Mandarin in Beijing, and just this morning a
Brazilian colleague asked what the verb offspring of dirt was. With my
English worsening by the day (as my Mandarin improves by the night) I
was quick to respond "dirtify" -- which is even more complicated than
"to dirty" (this came to me only hours later.) It seems I *verbify*
nouns in moments of desperation, when my brain knows quite well that
the word does not exist, but is equally unwilling to cooperate and
produce the right word!

Subject: Re: A.Word.A.Day--extirpate

Good old Adolf! After the German bombers completely eradicated Coventry, UK,
Hitler coined a new word for "extirpate" -- Koventrier: To Coventry. He then
broadcast to the English people that Germany would erase all their cities.

I can still hear the roars of approval from the gathered crowds.

Subject: Verbification

A word in fairly common use, at least in these parts and particularly in
the school district, is "certificated". It seems to mean the same thing as
"certified", but perhaps I'm missing a subtle distinction. Can it be that a
body certifies a person's fitness to teach, or perform some other certifiable
function -- that is, vouches for that person if anyone asks -- but
certificates that person when it actually issues the certificate? I can but

Subject: Verbing!

It goes on in all its macabre glory, making us squirm with outraged delight.
This is going to be a hot topic.

My current "favourite" business concoction is laddered, but sportscasters
have some exquisite examples of blatant verbing: medalled, podiumed, and
personal-bested (or P-B-ed, for an even more disgusting alternative). Then
the military have their say with ruggedized and adjacentized. For a switch
on verb misuse, NASA are now able to orbit a satellite, a manoeuvre
magically contravening Newton's laws.

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Taylor Kirk  Identity Verified

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Are these considered verbifications? Apr 30, 2008

On the same note, here in Houston we have the phrase "to pull an Enron". I was wondering, would this only be considered a verbification if we said "to Enron"? If so I'm going to keep using that until it catches on and makes it into the dictionary. He he.

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Nicole Schnell  Identity Verified
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I think you will like this dictionary Apr 30, 2008

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Taylor Kirk  Identity Verified

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Cool! Apr 30, 2008

Did you go to Rice???

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Nicole Schnell  Identity Verified
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I wish.. Apr 30, 2008

They are amazing.

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Jenny Forbes  Identity Verified
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Dubya May 1, 2008

I've noticed that President George W. Bush is particularly adept at verbificating.

P.S. I once saw a clip on TV in which he said "Democracy is the misrepresentation of the people". Well, he should know. I've never noticed anyone else picking up on that particular gem.

[Edited at 2008-05-01 08:26]

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Taylor Kirk  Identity Verified

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Oh yes! May 1, 2008

He has contributed greatly to cultural heritage. I would like to have it known that he was born in Connecticut, making him ineligible for Texan citizenship as per the Texas Constitution, even though he was accidentally voted into office as governor awhile back. Twice. Ergo he has contributed to Connecticut's cultural heritage and is not a recognized Texan. Enjoy these gems:

to misunderestimate
to hold an ally hostile
to put food on one's family
to get to the bottom of an answer
to preserve something for one's predecessor
to succeed with success
to ooch along
to use the Google on the Internets
to think beyond the immediate
to illegally violate a law
to sleep on the soil of a friend
to catapult propaganda
to predecease


chicken-plucking factory
uninalienable rights
cell-phone vampire (my favorite!)

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Jack Doughty  Identity Verified
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Inputted May 1, 2008

One of my pet aversions. Verb put becomes noun input, meaning what is put in, but in computerspeak, information is inputted rather than put in.

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Input May 1, 2008

A long time ago (I was still a child) I read in Reader's Digest's Points to Ponder a remark sent in by a reader: I think people who use words like input shold upshut.


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Paul Dixon  Identity Verified
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New Verbs Oct 26, 2008

Three here from Brazil:

despedeficar (to depediefy) = to convert a file from PDF into another format.
(This word, by the way, is pronounced /dee - pee - de - eff -eye/)

googlificação (googlification) = putting a site on Google.

desgooglificado (degooglified) = a site that is not on Google.

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