Posts Tagged ‘verbing’

  • Are adjectives the new nouns?

    Posted by on February 11, 2013

    I’d like first to draw together some threads from recent and not-so-recent posts on the flexibility of word class in English – i.e on verbing, nouning, and the general tendency of words to hop from one word class to another. I wrote about nouning in November, and last month Stan Carey focused on the bad […]

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  • Correct or incorrect?

    Posted by on November 24, 2010

    Another popular theme on this blog is change in the English language which somehow seems to get under people’s skin. Here is a selection of archived posts around this topic: Netting, texting, impacting and sheeting through the centuries – more about verbing and nouning Multiple word-class membership is an essential part of the character of […]

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  • A verb too far?

    Posted by on October 14, 2010

    I notice that ‘inbox’ has entered the Open Dictionary, as a verb meaning ‘to send someone a private message in Facebook’. In an earlier post, I talked about how I quite like the practice of ‘verbing’, as it reflects the dynamic nature of society, but I have to say that this one grates on me. […]

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  • Netting, texting, impacting and sheeting through the centuries – more about verbing and nouning

    Posted by on September 06, 2010

    In a couple of earlier posts (namely this and this) on this blog, it’s been discussed how English words have the tendency to expand from one word class to another. I’d like to explore the same subject a bit further in this post. Multiple word-class membership is an essential part of the character of the […]

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  • To verb or not to verb?

    Posted by on August 16, 2010

    How do you feel about ‘verbing’? It’s something we touched on in our news round-up recently, and no, it’s not rude – it’s the increasingly well-recognized practice of creating a verb out of a noun, like ‘google’, ‘tweet’, ‘text’, or ‘friend’. And it causes a lot of controversy. Many of the words spawned this way […]

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  • Google the verb

    Posted by on June 24, 2010

    Our next guest post comes from Adam Kilgarriff. Adam is a linguist, and a specialist in the area where linguistics, computers and dictionaries meet. He was at Brighton University until 2004 when he set up his own company, Lexical Computing Ltd. He lives in Brighton, and will be taking a lunchtime swim in the sea […]

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  • English likes to verb

    Posted by on June 02, 2010

    English morphology is famously simple. Most nouns have just two forms (dog, dogs), most verbs only four (walk, walks, walking, walked). By contrast, a regular Spanish verb can have 42 forms, while in Hungarian that can easily go up to 60 or more (see example verb here). And – since we are in South Africa […]

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