Re: "Architecting" verbs from nouns

Subject: Re: "Architecting" verbs from nouns
From: DIGEST Bruce Byfield <byfield -at- DIRECT -dot- CA>
Date: Sat, 31 Aug 1996 17:42:43 +0800

Bruce Nevin wrote:
>For the same reason that we brush our teeth, table a bill, park a car, etc.
>etc. The process of making verbs out of nouns is as old as English. Indeed,
>it appears to be as old as language.

>Fasten your seat belt. It's been a bumpy ride for the past few millennia,
>and shows no sign of stopping.

The problem isn't that verbs shouldn't be made out of nouns. If
the resulting verb fills a gap in the language, only the pedantic can
object to it. However, when I see a verb which is either:

a.) unnecessary


b.) ugly-sounding

I do everything I can to discourage its use.

I don't believe that you can stop language from changing. In fact, English's
flexibility is one of its strengths. However, with a little effort, you can
often direct the change a little.

For example:

"Architecting?" I might say when someone uses the word, and frown a little.
"Oh, you mean 'designing,'" I'll add, smiling brightly. The point is made without
offending anyone, and, nine times out of ten, the person never uses the new
word again.
Bruce Byfield (byfield -at- direct -dot- ca)

What we wanted was: sheet lightning,
What we wanted was: eight miles high,
What we wanted was: free-fall
And our turn to fly.
--Oyster Band, "All That Way for This"

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