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sorry if this has been done before but when did parent become a verb?

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soverylucky Sat 30-Jul-11 18:49:11

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TheMagnificentBathykolpian Sat 30-Jul-11 18:52:04

It's just become another way of talking about how you raise them, hasn't it?

When I think about it, it's quite poncy, but I admit to actually using it myself blush

FlamingoBingo Sat 30-Jul-11 18:54:20

The verb 'to parent' has been around since 1663 apparently, so there!

tawrag Sat 30-Jul-11 18:54:48

I guess parent became a verb when someone used it as a verb. It is quite common nowadays to turn nouns into verbs. Is it an Americanism?
Another that comes to mind is 'to progress' e.g. a report. There are others which I can't remember just now.

EuphemiaMcGonagall Mon 01-Aug-11 09:09:17

Many English nouns are used as verbs - I like it. It saves words. grin

MirandaGoshawk Wed 03-Aug-11 14:39:39

I loathe dislike 'to parent' but the one I really can't stand is 'to garden' as in, 'I garden in the nuddy' or whatever. I know 'I do the gardening' is longer, but purleeeease, 'I garden' stinks.

I garden
You garden
He/She gardens She gardens? What, like Ladygardens?

tethersend Wed 03-Aug-11 14:43:02

This has happened with 'plate' too. I blame Masterchef..

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