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  1. Subscriber FreakyKBH
    Acquired Taste...
    19 Apr '10 15:08
    1. Nouning verbs.
    2. Verbing nouns.
  2. Subscriber AThousandYoung
    It's only business
    19 Apr '10 17:55 / 2 edits
    Originally posted by FreakyKBH
    1. Nouning verbs.
    2. Verbing nouns.
    Nouning...nouning...such a woody word! Not tinny at all!

    *Shrieks, runs from the room*

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gwXJsWHupg

    (mildly "offensive" words included, but nothing worth a warning I hope)

    Psst.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHFK1yKfiGo
  3. 19 Apr '10 19:22 / 2 edits
    Originally posted by FreakyKBH
    1. Nouning verbs.
    2. Verbing nouns.
    yes. we do need to stop all this nouning and verbing...wait..
  4. Subscriber FMF
    a.k.a. John W Booth
    20 Apr '10 02:47
    Originally posted by FreakyKBH
    1. Nouning verbs.
    2. Verbing nouns.
    Lanuages are living things. Describe them by all means - and revel in their ingenuity and restlessness - but please spare us the prescriptions.
  5. Subscriber FreakyKBH
    Acquired Taste...
    20 Apr '10 02:54
    Originally posted by FMF
    Lanuages are living things. Describe them by all means - and revel in their ingenuity and restlessness - but please spare us the prescriptions.
    Agreed: some languages are living things. That being said, when degradation sets in to such a degree that definitions become meaningless, well, it's not a good sign--- especially in light of our dependence upon language for the propagation of our culture.
  6. Subscriber FMF
    a.k.a. John W Booth
    20 Apr '10 06:48 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by FreakyKBH
    Awhen degradation sets in to such a degree that definitions become meaningless, well, it's not a good sign--- especially in light of our dependence upon language for the propagation of our culture.
    The relatively recent trends of "nouning verbs" and "verbing nouns" are not degradations. In what way do either of these inventive and effective ways of creating apt and vivid vocabulary damage "the propagation of our culture"? Surely these linguistic trends ARE "the propagation of our culture"?
  7. Subscriber FreakyKBH
    Acquired Taste...
    20 Apr '10 15:33
    Originally posted by FMF
    The relatively recent trends of "nouning verbs" and "verbing nouns" are not degradations. In what way do either of these inventive and effective ways of creating apt and vivid vocabulary damage "the propagation of our culture"? Surely these linguistic trends ARE "the propagation of our culture"?
    If they're not degradations, how would you describe them, exactly? Clarity-invoking innovations? I think not. Instead, I submit it qualifies as slang. Slang isn't necessarily all bad, but there comes a critical mass point wherein the profane outweighs the profound: what then?
  8. 20 Apr '10 17:24
    Originally posted by FreakyKBH
    If they're not degradations, how would you describe them, exactly? Clarity-invoking innovations? I think not. Instead, I submit it qualifies as slang. Slang isn't necessarily all bad, but there comes a critical mass point wherein the profane outweighs the profound: what then?
    the English language is more than sufficient (and will continue to be so) for those who wish to provide profound, well-written thought and literature.

    as for the rest, you could provide them with the English of Shakespeare, and any of their empty gibberish would be just as empty.
  9. Subscriber FMF
    a.k.a. John W Booth
    21 Apr '10 02:09
    Originally posted by FreakyKBH
    If they're not degradations, how would you describe them, exactly?
    I would describe them as 'not degradations'.
  10. Subscriber FreakyKBH
    Acquired Taste...
    21 Apr '10 03:14
    Originally posted by FMF
    I would describe them as 'not degradations'.
    Some people have a way with the English language and some people... not have way, I guess.
  11. Standard member Bosse de Nage
    Zellulärer Automat
    21 Apr '10 10:42
    Yaka-Wow!
  12. 21 Apr '10 12:03
    Originally posted by FreakyKBH
    Some people have a way with the English language and some people... not have way, I guess.
    Some people are waying with the English speak.
  13. Subscriber FreakyKBH
    Acquired Taste...
    21 Apr '10 18:46
    Originally posted by Nordlys
    Some people are waying with the English speak.
    Of course: it's the English way.
  14. Standard member PBE6
    Bananarama
    21 Apr '10 19:01
    Originally posted by FMF
    Lanuages are living things. Describe them by all means - and revel in their ingenuity and restlessness - but please spare us the prescriptions.
    I agree wholeheartedly, but try telling that to the French!
  15. 24 Apr '10 01:46 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by FreakyKBH
    1. Nouning verbs.
    2. Verbing nouns.
    Being.