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The Pook #177094 05/22/08 04:56 PM
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Don't know why you bring this up, but I would suggest you could change divorce to de-partner. Instead of divorced one could be ex-partnered.

BranShea #177105 05/23/08 01:04 AM
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 Originally Posted By: BranShea
Don't know why you bring this up, but I would suggest you could change divorce to de-partner. Instead of divorced one could be ex-partnered.

I just thought it was an interesting neologism.
Yes, and maybe if you decided to stay married in a miserable union, you could be said to be "dyspartnered" or "malpartnered"?

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Unlike some neologisms it is at least clear in meaning.

Zed #177114 05/23/08 10:18 AM
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 Originally Posted By: Zed
Unlike some neologisms it is at least clear in meaning.


Not that that would mollify the proscriptivists.

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 Originally Posted By: Faldage
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Unlike some neologisms it is at least clear in meaning.


Not that that would mollify the proscriptivists.

...that would be the ones who say you should never say anything you haven't said before, right?

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 Originally Posted By: The Pook
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 Originally Posted By: Zed
Unlike some neologisms it is at least clear in meaning.


Not that that would mollify the proscriptivists.

...that would be the ones who say you should never say anything you haven't said before, right?


Seems that way sometimes.

Faldage #177202 06/02/08 08:26 PM
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 Originally Posted By: Faldage

...This[/url] is probably the best refutation (or should that be refution?) of that idea that I have run across.


That is an excellent point in that 'refution' would at least reduce the risk of being subjected to 'refutate' often enough for the apologists to put it in a dictionary.

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Don't you think that a modicum of verbification has added richness to our language? I think what people object to are today's countless "verbifications of the moment". I'm talking about the tendency to turn a noun into a verb in order to sound a) importantly busy and b)importantly trendy.

I am totally inconsistent in my views on this subject. I happily microwave food, access records, and go antiquing. Professionally, I have been known to say that a company headquarters in_____ or has partnered with _____, but I am somewhat ashamed of these crimes against grammar. I simply must draw the line at limosining somewhere, re-purposing something, gifting someone, or architecting a business plan.

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Hello Lady
I agree, the richness of English is in large part due to it's flexibility, so is the messiness of English.
every blessing carries a curse.

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Curb, date, elbow, head, interview, panic, park, service, feature, chair, loan, office and contact were all nouns that were later verbed. Invite, command, meld and request were verbs that were later nouned. Past was an adjective that was later nouned. Clean and obsolete were adjectives that were later verbed.

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