Verbification: A Special Olympics Edition


(Or is it medalled?)

medalsAs in “The swimming star has medaled in three events so far.”

Because saying “The swimming star has won three medals so far” is apparently insufficiently descriptive for the “professional” communicators and the very amateurish analysts sitting alongside them who are broadcasting this year’s Olympic games.

The Curmudgeon has shared his dismay about verbification – the act of turning a noun into a verb – on a number of occasions (here, here, here, and here). Despite the passion with which he expresses his objection to these transgressions, they nevertheless continue.

So he will, too.



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  • Barbara  On August 14, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    lol I SO agree!!!

  • Peaches Shimmerdeep  On August 14, 2016 at 8:38 pm

    I thought of you every time I heard it. (Must admit – this one is growing on me.). 😉

  • pastorbeetle  On August 15, 2016 at 9:13 am

    Usually I agree with you, but ‘medal’ is and has been a verb as well. We used it in the service. Not as often as we said “…when they award her the medal,” but we did say, “…when she is medalled.” Granted, I think it’s more a British thing.

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