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When did heart become a verb instead of a noun?

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Donk Mon 22-Sep-08 21:46:07

A hate it! (Must be an old fuddy duddy)

Donk Mon 22-Sep-08 21:49:51

Oh no! A typo in a Pedants' Corner thread. The shame. blush

That should of course read 'I hate it!'

cthea Mon 22-Sep-08 21:51:32

When did "birth" become a verb? When did "parent" become a verb?

mrsbabookaloo Mon 22-Sep-08 21:52:18

Donk: I heart using heart as a verb. It's adorable.

It's possible to be a pedant and still embrace language change, y'know!

Also, it's obligatory to have a typo in any posts on pedants' corner. Almost nobody can avoid it.

Donk Mon 22-Sep-08 21:54:44

I do generally embrace language change, but for some reason this use of 'heart' really grates...
( I must have got my fingers all embrangled on the first post!)

mrsbabookaloo Mon 22-Sep-08 21:55:47

Ooh, I love "embrangled!"

PootyApplewater Mon 22-Sep-08 21:56:02

i heart them doing words

Donk Mon 22-Sep-08 21:57:59

Apparently its one of the words that the Collins dictionary has threatened to drop. I love it too, so I thought I would use it! - I first met it in 'Nine Taylors' by Dorothy Sayers.

BoysAreLikeDogs Mon 22-Sep-08 21:58:22

I heart this phrase.

And I am a pedant to boot.

Embrace the changing nature of the english language.


hatwoman Mon 22-Sep-08 21:59:25

did you know that this process is called verbing? "to verb" means to turn a noun into a verb. at least, according to dh, who is not a pedant but, on the basis of this rather beautiful point, I think deserves honorary status.

Pan Mon 22-Sep-08 22:02:36

as we know, emotions are felt first and most strongly in the stomach region - excitement (butterflies), anxiety ( churning knots) perhaps to be true pedants we should be using "I stomach you".....??? Not the same ring, eh?smile

MrsBadger Mon 22-Sep-08 22:05:42

[rummages for Calvin & Hobbs cartoon]

finds it

Donk Mon 22-Sep-08 22:08:23

grin at Mrs. Badger's link!

hatwoman Mon 22-Sep-08 23:23:41

grin but I'm sure dh got there first

Tinker Mon 22-Sep-08 23:27:05

Did it not come from those I Heart NY ads of the 70s?? Just said as seen, as it were?

LadyGlencoraPalliser Mon 22-Sep-08 23:29:17

I expect it did, Tinker, but does that not make it even more annoying? The suspicion that the slogan was misread accidentally rather than deliberately IYSWIM?

ClairePO Mon 22-Sep-08 23:30:16

like this you mean?

Tinker Mon 22-Sep-08 23:31:44

Hmm, I quite like it though. Has to be said quite camply though, I think.

thumbwitch Mon 22-Sep-08 23:36:19

Donk, I'm with you - can't be doing with it. Can't be doing with a lot of other "verbed" words either, such as diarise, burglarise (it's burgle, you unlearned types!).

Pan, if you've ever suffered from real heartache then you'd know that wasn't in the stomach... it's where it says it is. Not nice.

UnquietDad Tue 23-Sep-08 14:24:16

I hate it. Did it start with that Huckabees film?

hatwoman Tue 23-Sep-08 20:29:30

Staying with the general abuse of language theme, but digressing a little from the "verb"/pedant topic, I was most disconcerted when I saw the banner sign on the telly that is hanging outside the labour party conference in Birmingham:

"Welcome to Conference"

Why no article? Not even the definite?

I don't know exactly what this particular linguistic foible is attempting to communicate, but my instinct is to want to fucking disembowel the labour party apparatchik who came up with it.


hatwoman Tue 23-Sep-08 20:31:18

just to make clear dhat = hat's dh. he's going to have to get his own name

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