Verbing Words - A Good Concept, But...
Ray Del Salvio's Verb4Concept campaign brings to mind Calvin's fondness for verbing words:
Calvin: I like to verb words.
Calvin: I take nouns and adjectives and use them as verbs. Remember when "access" was a thing? Now, it's something you do. It got verbed. Verbing weirds language.
Hobbes: Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding.
Verbing words is sometimes sensible. "Blog", for instance, works equally well as a noun and a verb. Verbing is also sometimes a good idea just in the name of weirdness, as long as it's entertaining. Del Salvio's suggested sample sentence, "The team set aside some time for concepting in order to flesh out some plausible directions", is kind of weird, but it's not much fun. There seems to be little point to weird verbing if it isn't at least fun.
The word "conceptualize" doesn't satisfy Del Salvio and the need for examples of "concept" being used as a verb hasn't stopped him. Onward he presses. While he hasn't convinced me to join the campaign, he has inspired me to verb more often.
Merriam-Webster's Open Dictionary, on the other hand, accepts users' submissions essentially on good faith. Recent entries include fauxlex and Survivor Diet.
Teenage Fanclub - The Concept (from Bandwagonesque)
Jets To Brazil - Orange Rhyming Dictionary (from Four Cornered Night)
Hooverphonic - Dictionary (from Blue Wonder Power Milk )