Verbing Nouns (Such as ‘Verb’)

What do these words and phrases have in common? Friend, Google, TiVo, log in, contact, barbecue, unlike, concept, text, Photoshop, leverage, party, Xerox, reference, architect, parent, improv, transition, diligence, host, chair, gift, heart, impact? They’ve all been declared–by someone, somewhere, whether a usage expert or just a self-appointed language cop–“not verbs.” It doesn’t matter whether … Read more

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