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Verbalising nouns

By Mary Morel

We often add endings to nouns to turn them into verbs. Some examples are:

  • versed (played against)
  • googled
  • unfriend
  • downsizing.

This topic came to my attention because someone raised it in a workshop and then I saw a notice on a doctor’s waiting room that said: 251 women have been randomised…

This struck me as odd, but a colleague informed me that in scientific and medical circles, randomised means randomly assigning women to particular treatment groups. I still think it is an odd word!

Other peculiar examples I have come across include:

  • The program incentived the competitors.
  • He summited the mountain.
  • The team interfaced.

Sometimes existing verbs work better than verbalised nouns.

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Grammatical poem

By Mary Morel I discovered this childhood poem that I hadn’t read before. Every name is called a  noun as field and fountain, street and town. In place of a noun the  pronoun stands as he and she clap their hands. The  adjective describes a thing, as magic wand or bridal ring. The  verb meansContinue Reading

Collective nouns – singular or plural verbs?

By Mary Morel Collective nouns have a singular form, but refer to more than one person or item – jury, team, family. Traditionally, a collective noun, when regarded as a single entity, was treated as singular. The tax office is revising its management strategy. But this rule leads to some clumsy constructions. None of usContinue Reading


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