Re: word usage

Subject: Re: word usage
From: Darren Barefoot <dbarefoot -at- MPS-CANADA -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 3 Mar 1999 11:22:20 -0800

Indeed! I agree entirely. My current least favourite noun-as-verb is "task."
As in, "I've been tasked" to do such and such. I, too, have been wondering
if I'm just some old fuddy-duddy (at the age of 24!) who likes his English
straight-up. Any thoughts. DB.

-----Original Message-----
From: Elisabeth Zakes [mailto:ezakes -at- PLANVIEW -dot- COM]
Sent: Wednesday, March 03, 1999 6:53 AM
Subject: word usage

Since so many issues about word usage seem to be people's pet peeves, I
thought I'd get your opinions on mine.

I was always taught that nouns should not be used as verbs. One does not
"office," "reference," or "transition." One has one's office somewhere,
one refers to something, and one makes a transition to something.

Am I fighting a losing battle here? Should I just accept that this is
the way things are going to be?

Elisabeth B. Zakes
PlanView, Inc., Austin, TX
ezakes -at- planview -dot- com

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