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#124519 - 03/04/04 06:12 PM today's OED word  
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this too shall pass
(or, speaking of verbing nouns)

bear-hug - [v] trans. To give (a person) a bear-hug, esp. an affectionate one. Also intr.: to engage in a bear-hug.
1944 N.Y. Times Bk. Rev. 4 June 29/3 Miss Landis was telling a story about him, not knowing he was in the audience. He jumped to his feet, cried out, I'm Landis! and dashed to the platform where he bear-hugged his cousin. 1961 J. P. LASH Dag Hammarskjold xix. 266 Then there was Fidel Castro, stomping angrily out of one hotel allegedly for discriminatory treatment.., bear-hugging with Khrushchev, declaiming for 4.5 hours. 2000 H. SIMPSON Hey yeah right get a Life (2001) 151 Possibly she was proactive in her rapprochement with her husband, chucking him under the chin, bearhugging him, exchanging sportive punches.
{draft entry Sept. 2003}


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NB: I was going to add this to the previous thread of the same appellation, but that seems to have gone wide.


#124520 - 03/04/04 06:24 PM Re: today's OED word  
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What verbing? Hug isn't a verb all over sudden?


#124521 - 03/04/04 06:27 PM Re: today's OED word  
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I remember "bear-hug" from my earliest days. Remember the
"Little Audrey laughed and laughed" jokes?
Little Audrey saw a bear hugging a tree, and laughed and
laughed, because she knew only God could make a tree.(About 1935


#124522 - 03/04/04 06:31 PM Re: today's OED word  
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this too shall pass
>hug being a verb

yeahbut, you'll notice that bear-hug [v] is defined in terms of the noun bear-hug. as to bill's example, they haven't been smushed together yet, so to speak.


#124523 - 03/04/04 06:44 PM Re: today's OED word  
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Dr Bill's example doesn't even have the word bear-hug in it. Just only his intro to it does.


#124524 - 03/04/04 07:05 PM Re: today's OED word  
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>doesn't even

I guess that's what I didn't quite say..


#124525 - 03/04/04 07:40 PM Re: today's OED word  
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Dear Faldage: I can't think of a noun that cannot immediately be verbed. But me no buts, verb me not verbs.Adjectrive me no adjectives.
So it seems a waste of time to try to date when a noun
was first verbed.


#124526 - 03/04/04 08:37 PM Re: today's OED word  
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>I can't think of a noun that cannot immediately be verbed.

Read he while staring at his computer's speakers.


#124527 - 03/04/04 09:04 PM Re: today's OED word  
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Dear Max: Try again. Because of my deafness I have no use
for speakers, and they are hidden behind my rather large
monitor.
Speaker me no speakers. Here's a sample of clumsy verbing
from tonight's news:
The military plays an important role in U.S. space exploration and should continue to partner with NASA, Air Force generals said Thursday.


#124528 - 03/06/04 11:50 AM Re: today's OED word  
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What verbing? Hug isn't a verb all of a sudden?


Strictly speaking, Faldage is right.

For those who are collecting faldage, this isn't a faldage. It's a quibble.


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