RE: Unset? Can that be a verb?

Subject: RE: Unset? Can that be a verb?
From: Andrew Warren <awarren -at- synaptics -dot- com>
To: 'Ron Hearn' <rhearn -at- central1 -dot- com>, TECHWR-L Writing <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 26 Feb 2010 12:10:22 -0800

Ron Hearn wrote:

> It seems to me that these days ANY word can be a verb judging from
> current media and web usage. New verbs from the Olympics: medal and
> podium (as in "she podiumed in the Grand Slalom").

Not just "these days". Nouns have been getting used as verbs forever, and -- "verbing weirds nouns" cartoons notwithstanding -- the usage usually goes unnoticed.

For example... Just looking around my office, I see my schedule, a pencil, a table and chair, a telephone, a roll of tape, a stapler, pushpins: Schedule a meeting, pencil me in, table this discussion, chair a meeting, telephone your mother, tape this up, staple these papers together, pin them to the wall.


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