August 9, 2011

Assault Of the Zombie Verbs and Vampire Nouns

After taking emeritus status at Cooley Law School, Norman Otto Stockmeyer has apparently taken up the cudgels. He's proposing the killing off of those nouns-turned-verbs ("Let's dialogue") and those verbs-turned-nouns ("A wonderful dine") before they attack us all. I'm down with that. More here, in "Zombie Verbs and Vampire Nouns," in the spring issue of The Scrivener. Could invented phrases ("Play a factor") be his next target?

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