Originally posted by JohnLennonForever
🙂 So what exactly are you annoyed at if medaled is a verb? Never in Olympics have I heard someone say that such and such athlete medal. I've heard them say that such and such athlete has medaled or that such and such athlete has won a medal.
Well first question, I don't know, it's just that distorted 'convenience' use of the language annoys me, linguistic fast food. I'm a pedant, puritan, perfectionist, it's just personal bigotry, no more.
But there have been more direct examples of my point, for example Gaby Yorath (married name escapes me now) asking the silver medal winning high jumper if he thought he could medal in the high jump.
The past simple and past participle, medalled, can only exist if the word is a verb. Nouns don't have past forms. So if we say 'medalled' it is the past of 'to medal', a verb, incorrectly, IMHO.