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Last month, we started a series: Nouns gone bad … and this month, we added: Nouns gone bad … sequeled.

Remember, nouns gone bad are those words that originated as nouns and are now being used, with some regularity, as verbs.

We have some new entries to our list of nouns gone bad:

  • Clorox: we Cloroxed our drains to ward off the summer bugs.
  • journal: Jonathan was journaling the other day.
  • board: she (snow)boarded on her last vacation.
  • game. as in the following headline:

“Can Open Government Be Gamed?”

gamed

(click here for the story)

Have more examples? Please send them to us (after checking out our previous posts).

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Today, by a news item about some celebrity being “outed,” we were reminded that not only nouns can be turned into verbs … so can adverbs

Therefore, we have the opportunity to introduce the third in our sequence: “badverbs.”

Per the Urban Dictionary, “outed” has a few definitions, the most common of which has to do with disclosure of the fact that someone is gay. However, the terms “outing” and “outed” have become mainstream words for disclosing information other than homosexuality, about individuals — and organizations. Plus, it can mean just being excluded.

A few years ago, there was a lot of press around the revelation that Valerie Plame was a CIA operative. She was “outed.” Earlier this month, we read an article about Judge Sonia Sotomayor being “financially outed.” Then, there are frequently articles about the “outing” of political and religious views, among people who are heterosexual. So, the concept is expanding and evolving.

What other adverbs are badverbs? We discovered a couple and thought we’d share them with you:

  • forward: did you forward that email to anyone else?
  • should: we make it a practice not to should on anyone.

As we were researching for this blog post, we realized that there is likely yet another category we should explore … “badjectives.” However, when we started on this quest, we found that most of the adjectives for this group would come to this list by having ” …ize” added to them. Now, that is a-whole-nother subject. Stay tuned.

Be sure to see our related posts:

Sources: Urban Dictionary, dictionary.com, Wikipedia

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And we wondered what our blog topic would be today. It never seems to fail … something interesting comes up.

Today, on Twitter, we got the question (via a follower’s tweet):

“Does anyone know what the collective for ‘authors’ is? Grammar geeks, I need you!”

This sent us running for our copy of the fabulous book: “An Exaltation of Larks or, The Venereal Game” by James Lipton, which is, by most measures, the authority on collectives. Once we turned the cover, we were, once again, in deep; off and running, figuratively, in our own little collective world.

This book is delightful. We highly recommend it for those who enjoy a good play of words. And, these entries can be put to practical use too.

As a tribute to the great Dr. Lipton, we offer some additions to this ever-growing list of collectives. We begin with one that we invented because we did not find the answer to today’s original question …

A composition of authors.

And so, here goes:

  • A schedule of planners.
  • A class of trainers.
  • A quota of sales reps.
  • A pool of typists.
  • A service of customer agents.
  • A circuit of engineers.
  • A board of chip designers.
  • A club of golfers.
  • A string of gift wrappers.
  • A cut of hairdressers.
  • A cell of inmates.
  • A cord of bungee jumpers.
  • A package of UPS drivers.
  • A cue of pool players.
  • A clue of detectives.
  • A deck of carpenters.
  • A pad of stenographers.
  • A capsule of pharmacists.
  • A tablet of scribes.
  • A mess of marines.
  • A gang of oneupsmen.
  • A ledger of accountants.
  • A set of screenwriters.
  • A patch of menders.
  • A pack of hikers.
  • A register of cashiers.
  • A league of SCUBA divers.

Enjoy, and feel free to add your own.

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UPDATE: Today, we received this seemingly-related job notice:

“Join the fast developing company with a lot of perspectives”

Nice to know there are some open-minded, omni-thinking companies out there :-).

Recently, we were cruising the job boards …

Came across this offer:

“Join a perspective company”

So, would this be an architectural firm that employs a technique of depicting volumes and spatial relationships on a flat surface?

And, if one were to apply, would that make one a prospective perspective?

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