Nouns and verbs

By Jon Bridges In Inbox

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11th April, 2011
Words, I believe, should stick to what they know. Verbs should not moonlight as nouns and nouns should seldom verb. I don’t want my dinner plated. Businessmen should not midwife new projects and mountaineers, please stop your summiting. Sadly, we cannot retard the stinking tide of linguistic progress, we can only catalogue it – like glum birdspotters watching with damp notebooks as Dr Frankenstein releases flock after flock of accursed winged mutants. It is in this spirit that I offer a guide to the ...

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