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Those Irritating Verbs-as-Nouns
New York Times, by Henry Hitchings

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Posted By:earlybird, 4/2/2013 9:51:38 AM

“Do you have a solve for this problem?” “Let’s all focus on the build.” “That’s the take-away from today’s seminar.” Or, to quote a song that was recently a No. 1 hit in Britain, “Would you let me see beneath your beautiful?” If you find these sentences annoying, you are not alone. Each contains an example of nominalization: a word we are used to encountering as a verb or adjective that has been transmuted into a noun. (Snip) Writing packed with nominalizations is commonly regarded as slovenly, obfuscatory, pretentious or merely ugly.

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And it is everywhere. And not just in writing. It is in verbal form, in conversation. Argh.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Coy860, 4/2/2013 9:53:13 AM     (No. 9255241)

Texting is also destroying spelling.
I am not 4 this. s/

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Reply 2 - Posted by: toledo, 4/2/2013 9:54:05 AM     (No. 9255245)

What I hate is, "That is so fun"

An adverb with a noun

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Long Tall Texan, 4/2/2013 9:58:38 AM     (No. 9255258)

What I hate even more is "that is soooo not happening."

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Reply 4 - Posted by: siriusckp, 4/2/2013 10:15:33 AM     (No. 9255300)

And I scrolled down just a few articles on the blog and found this:

Raffi Williams, the 24 year-old son of the liberal Fox commentator, will be the RNC´s deputy press secretary and will be tasked with helping the GOP....

Good going!

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Reply 5 - Posted by: TakeBackAmerica, 4/2/2013 10:18:09 AM     (No. 9255307)

No problem.

I prefer you´re welcome!

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Reply 6 - Posted by: voxlapidis, 4/2/2013 10:29:50 AM     (No. 9255345)

Use Gerunds.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: tren9, 4/2/2013 10:32:57 AM     (No. 9255356)

Almost six decades ago I spent three years failing to understand the proper use of gerunds and gerundives as explained by three different English teachers. Then I had a Latin teacher spend 45 seconds on it and it made perfect sense. But all of them agreed it should be done with care and sparingly.

[I refer to the use of verbs as nouns and adverbs.]

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Reply 8 - Posted by: country boy, 4/2/2013 10:42:08 AM     (No. 9255387)

Sorry, but "Build" is a noun. All enterprise software has a Build number, indicates the exact version.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Boneshaker, 4/2/2013 10:56:45 AM     (No. 9255434)

Still wrestluing with the substitution of "brand" for "reputation".
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Reply 10 - Posted by: joew9, 4/2/2013 11:06:27 AM     (No. 9255457)

"teachable moment" = lesson
"use case" = application

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Reply 11 - Posted by: GardenGal, 4/2/2013 11:57:34 AM     (No. 9255561)

Actually, even though I myself have no trouble spelling in English, I think that texting and other technological advances will probably lead to more standard English spelling. As English have very non standard spelling, mostly due to the large amount of vocabulary taken from other languages, making it more regular would be a huge improvement. Probably about 30% or more of the population has a problem with spelling and it has nothing to do with innate intelligence or amount of education. It just would be a lot simpler to spell words phonetically, the way you do in Spanish, Italian and Latin. As I said, it wouldn´t help me since I have a very good memory for word spelling, but it would help that 30% which includes my PhD husband and at least one of my kids.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: sanddollar, 4/2/2013 12:30:29 PM     (No. 9255636)

I dislike the phrase used on FOX and CNN
Let´s take a listen.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: bob913, 4/2/2013 1:15:38 PM     (No. 9255730)

"Optics"
"insert any letter/ word" instead of just saying the word.
"Let´s be clear" when you are lying.

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