To Verb: I Verb, You Verb, He Verbs, We Verb!

Ladies and Gentlemen. As you might know by now, I am a PhD student working on theoretical linguistics. I have blogged about travels, food, work, etc. But now, I am proud to present to you: my first blog about language.

Don’t worry, this will not be an academic paper or even contain any interesting facts about language. It is just my ramblings about my favourite wordplay, which I like to call “to verb”. Basically, I like turning nouns into verbs.

The other day I was talking to a linguist colleague of mine from England on our way out of the office, and I asked if he still had to “train back home”. His response: “Did you really just use train as a verb?” My response: “Oh yeah, I do that really often. I’m waiting for it to become a thing”.

Let me quickly give you some examples. “To train”: the act of taking the train. It is a lot more concise and since you can already say “to sail”, “to cycle”, “to fly”, “to drive”, I think it is high time for “to train”.

Also: “to ikea”. When you go to the pub on a Saturday evening and your mates ask you why you look so tired, you can easily say “Oh, we ikead all day” and everyone will know what you’re on about. “We went to ikea” might give an idea, but simply does not paint the whole picture.

Another one: “to couch”. “So what’s your plans for tonight?” – “Hmm. Dunno yet. I’m fairly tired to be honest. Maybe just some couching.”

Am I right? Do you see the value of these wonderful verbs?

But by far my favourite one, and I think this one is used by many more people: “to adventure”.

Nope, I am not “going” on an adventure. “Going” implies that you have planned something and that there will be a designated beginning and also ending. That is not how “adventuring” works. “Adventuring” is a way of life, a state of being.

And that is where I end my plea.

Thank you.

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