Verbing Nouns

Subject: Verbing Nouns
From: "George F. Hayhoe" <gfhayhoe -at- SCESCAPE -dot- NET>
Date: Wed, 26 Feb 1997 08:56:42 -0500

David Orr noted:

<<I newspapered while I Mondayed and coffeed yesterday. The article said
Madeleine Albright Kissingered recently as she diplomatted while she
Chinaed.>>

It's either the scariest thing about our language or almost mystical, but
isn't it intriguing that the sentence above is entirely comprehensible?
Verbing some nouns gives language extraordinary compression.

Note: I'm not advocating, just remarking!

--George Hayhoe (gfhayhoe -at- scescape -dot- net)

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