Wednesday, April 25, 2012

V is for Verbs That Aren't Really Verbs



Sticking "-ing" on the end of a word doesn't automatically make it a verb.

63 comments:

  1. I was in a webinar where they said "We'll have to decision that." UM. WHAT. NO. DECISION IS NOT A MOTHER******** VERB. Sigh.

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    1. Oy vey. Things like that give me heartburn!

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    2. yes!!! it is discomfiting that language can change right under our feet!!


      Mimi Torchia Boothby Watercolors

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    3. I hereby make it my mission to say "decisioning" in public with a straight face at some point in the next week.

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  2. Tee-hee, you're funny! I hate lazy words.

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  3. I'll agree with all of those except scrapbooking. I guess you could say, "I am working on my scrapbook," but it is much more fun to say, "I'm scrapbooking right now, get your own dinner!"

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  4. Plus Texting, Spamming, and I'd like to make a motion to remove "Working" from the acceptable verb list.

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    1. Ooo does that mean Stephanie was outing you?

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  6. ActuaLLy putting an ing on the end of a verb turns it into a gerund which is then a noun.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerund

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    1. Well, you learn something every day! Thanks for smarting me!

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    1. I was trying to decide whether to mention "Googling" since I use it.

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  8. oh, but it is so much FUN to create your own verbs.
    my faves: googling, dr phil-ing, blackberrying...i call it the evolution of language!

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  9. Verbing everything with.... ing, Is something I am Liking.

    The End....ing

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    1. Yo Mr ESB or even (Yo Yo)ing

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    2. I am going to add this ing thing to everthing it makes me feel very productive *>*

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  10. I though scrapbooking and antiquing were real words. You know what? They are. Because I think they sound legit.

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  11. I love creating verbs that aren't really verbs. I always used to tell my roommates "Happy homeworking" when I was in college. I could have said studying, but I didn't. Please don't hate me.

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  12. Googling
    Zillowing (looking up someone's home value on Zillow)
    Messengering (when you are sending something via messenger)
    and of course..........

    wait for it

    blogging.

    (*takes a bow*)

    xxo
    MOV

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    1. Well played, MOV. Well played. Game, set, match.

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    2. What about 'supercalifragilisticexpialidocious-ing' ? If you ing it loud enough you'LL always sound precocious ....

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    3. Yeah...but...BLOG is already one of the stupidest words ever uttered. So it can't really get worse than that.

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  13. Guilty as charged. I turn practically everything into an -ing!

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  14. I've heard people ING almost anything...

    You're totally truthing about this.

    http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Truthing

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  15. So true and funny. Almost as annoying as the whole "war on..." phenomenon. People seem to like to create new words and new phrases. I remember when conversate was added to the dictionary (at least American dictionaries).

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  16. Salting. Not sprinkling salt on one's food. Salting.

    Hm. I wonder if I can make a verb out of my blogging moniker. What I do is called French Beaning.

    (Actually, let us never speak of this again.)

    -Barb the French Bean

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  17. i am terrible... i make up words all day long...

    i also have awful grammar skills.

    but i tend to believe that it's all just a part of my charm ;)

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  18. I live in the south so I can basically say whatever I want and nobody can intelligently correct me.

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  19. I get asked by my husband all the time what I'm phoning. Because phones are not just for making phone calls anymore.

    For the record, I'm usually facebooking :)

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    1. Also, for the record, I'm never actually phoning someone, which I realize is an actual verb :)

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  20. I've been verbing things all day. And adjectiving and adverbing. It's a sickness. Maybe it's because it's so weathery outside right now.

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  21. I have to agree with you, but I also enjoy making new words.

    De-elasticate - what happens to the elastic band as it ages.

    "It is time for new underwear. Mine is all de-elasticated."

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  22. I appreciate your dialoguing with your readers about this.

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    1. Ooooooh...how could I forget "dialoguing"?

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  23. Well, I know I love Googling... ;-)

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  24. My only response with a shred of meaning would be to challenge you to pronounce the word "doing" in one syllable for an entire day. Hah!

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  25. Televisioning while I am reading...multi-tasking?

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  26. I'm computering right now.

    Oh, this wasn't a contest to make up even more absurb non-verbs?

    Now I'm sorrying (that = apologizing, right?) :)

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    1. Ok...yeah...but "computering" is actually a verb. Along with "internetizing". Yes, I do pick and choose what annoys me. So?

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  27. "It coses fity cen." "my boyfren" "If I fine you you be lyin I gone go crazy on yo ass." "I did had me a drink." "Whey you be at?"
    Ing is not the greatest grammar problem in the US, I friking hope. Great point though!

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  28. i commented yesterday and it's gone?!
    i use googling all the time. my best invention is dr phil-ing!

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  29. You are so funny - and SO RIGHT about that! *chuckles*
    But on another note, whether we like it or not, language changes constantly... it is inevitable... look at medieval language, how it has evolved over the decades up till today...
    What will grammar be like a century from now?

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    1. True that! And I'm actually not a huge language snob, contrary to what this post of mine might suggest.

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  30. Clay Babooning is my favorite verb now.

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    1. Yeah, but blog is already a dumb word. Ha!

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    1. I don't know. I'm actually a lot better at complaining about stuff than I am at coming up with viable solutions. ;)

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  33. Skiving - which is what I am doing at work and blogging instead. Like both those 'ing' words.

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  34. Wait, I definitely get my HR up when thrifting. Don't you? How else am I going to get that fabulous $3 sweater before another thrifter snags it from under my nose??

    On another note, your tarantula is giving me nightmares.

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    1. You can totally SHOP at thrift stores. Because "shop" is an actual verb. And also a noun. But whatever.

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  35. Crap! So, I can't make up my own verbs... But, it's fun. :)

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  36. I "ing" things all the time. That's how we fatten the dictionary. ;) (Just kidding, at least partially ...)

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  37. I add -y to everything. Tomato-y, lemon-y, antique-y, scrapbook-y.

    Is that acceptable?

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