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  • The language of the prescriptivists is very telling. ‘You may not use this noun as a verb.’ Really? May not? The only appropriate response to such a fusty and impertinent prohibition is: Says who?

  • Thanks for this article. It is a good reminder that “rules” change. What struck me is that you used the word “impact”. Once when I was with a student, I corrected his use of “impact” as a verb. I’m more used to impact as a noun. I always go to Macmillan dictionary and so when I saw that there was an entry, I had to make something up! Now, I can point to this article to show that in a sense my hunch was correct – it’s awkward in the eyes of many people to use “impact” as a verb! But I guess, I also have to accept that use.

  • I imagine that Simon Heffer accepted the verbal use of “text” because it applies to a new activity, for which it is useful to have a specific word.