For months now, I’ve become increasingly annoyed over words that have been kidnapped from their rightful parts of speech and held hostage in another by today’s trendy usage.
Two such words I find particularly irritating—particularly in the past tense— are:
- Friend (rightfully a noun) is now a captive verb, as in “I friended him yesterday.”
- Text (rightfully a noun) is also now a verb, as in “I texted him the party time.”
For that reason, I’ve decided to give up the indignant ranting and make up some of my own. My newest one—and I have to say, I think it’s catchy—is to kidnap a pronoun and make it a verb. “MY.”
Here are sample sentences.
“After tasting a sample of the bakery’s croissants, I myed a couple for tomorrow’s breakfast.”
“Once I eyed the red stilettos, I knew I had to my them.” or—even more succinct, “I eyed them, then myed them.”
Feel free to kidnap your own words and shove them into different parts of speech. Who knows, maybe someday you’ll be known as the person who coined a particular term !
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