Not the Only One Who Hates Verbing!
Posted by languageandgrammar on June 24, 2008
I know what’s going on. I know that co-workers are starting to speak to me less often for fear that what they say will end up in the blog. I’ve noticed the family members giving me evil looks because they think that page 117 of Literally, the Best Language Book Ever was inspired by their poor language skills. I’m kidding, of course, but I do enjoy it when I find that other people get as annoyed as the staff at languageandgrammar.com does when a perfectly innocent noun is turned into a perfectly awful and awkward verb.
Dave, a reader, recently referred me to a Calvin and Hobbes comic that pokes fun at that very topic. I also recently saw a promo for a situation comedy. I have no idea what show it was, but I know that it was the standard American situation comedy because there was an attractive woman married to an unattractive, sloppy man with his gluteus maximus planted on the couch. Anyway, the dialogue for this show was refreshing to me. The young, attractive woman said All I want to do is club and spa. The man responded with You like all of your verbs to be things. I’m going to sofa for a while.
I’m just saying–we’re not the only ones.
Paul’s book–Literally, the Best Language Book Ever;
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