Aiwendil42 wrote:They bother me too - including "impact". The thing is, there are plenty of valid ways of forming verbs from nouns, so just taking a noun and pretending it's a verb seems awfully lazy.
It's not "pretending" it's a verb. It's making it a verb by using it like a verb syntactically. Where do you draw the line, anyway? Which of these verbs bother you?
mail, strike, talk, salt, pepper, switch, bed, sleep, ship, train, stop, drink, cup, lure, mutter, dress, dizzy, divorce, fool, merge, walk, survey, question
I do hope, by the way, that you were being ironic with the word "verbing" there!
Hey now, "verb" is a perfectly cromulent verb, which serves both to explain and exemplify the action under consideration.
Incidentally, how do you feel about nouning verbs (or nounification, if you will)? Do you see that as equally lazy or doesn't it bother you so much, and why?
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