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Lens used a verb. Sheesh.
Posted by: lost in space
Date: July 26, 2019 10:32AM
Ok, here's another rant about nouns used as verbs. Is there a term for this? Like what - verbing? Nouning?

edit: I was just guessing, but verbing IS the term for it. Nouning is a term for turning another part of speech into a noun. But still....

"In between immersive scenes of daily life, which Adams lenses with sensitivity and blue-tinged hues, the parents reflect on their situation. "


My wife, with a masters in linguistics, sees this sort of thing as normal development of language, but for me, it still grates. What do y'all think?







Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 07/26/2019 10:41AM by lost in space.
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Re: Lens used a verb. Sheesh.
Posted by: pdq
Date: July 26, 2019 10:55AM
Meh. Language (at least ours) is a dynamic, changing thing.

I personally wish we would start spelling more rationally (ie phonetically). If we want English to continue to be the standard language of business, etc, wee reelee ot too kleen up ar akt, yu no?
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Re: Lens used a verb. Sheesh.
Posted by: Lemon Drop
Date: July 26, 2019 10:57AM
Don't think I've seen that usage before but Merriam-Webster defines lens as both noun and verb. They list the earliest use of the verb as 1942.

lens verb
lensed; lensing; lenses
Definition of lens (Entry 2 of 3)
transitive verb

: to make a motion picture of : FILM
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Re: Lens used a verb. Sheesh.
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: July 26, 2019 10:59AM
thanks for honing in on this problem.
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Re: Lens used a verb. Sheesh.
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: July 26, 2019 11:05AM
I'll have to talk to a Lensman about that. The Grey one will be best.
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Re: Lens used a verb. Sheesh.
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: July 26, 2019 11:38AM
I read somewhere any noun can be verbed.

Yes, language does change.

Some say— it's a natural growth.

To me, it's most often a sign of decay.

Edwin Neuman likely spins in his grave with alarming frequency.

I've often meant to read his book Strictly Speaking: Will America be the Death of English? but never seem to get around to it. I should check to see if it's on Audible.

My grasp of American English is questionable at best, and while still better than some, grows more tenuous with age.

I tire very quickly of New Speak as practice by Kids These Daze.




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Re: Lens used a verb. Sheesh.
Posted by: Rolando
Date: July 26, 2019 12:33PM
In English, Use of language changes, but spelling has not!



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Re: Lens used a verb. Sheesh.
Posted by: neophyte
Date: July 26, 2019 12:59PM
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lost in space

My wife, with a masters in linguistics, sees this sort of thing as normal development of language, but for me, it still grates. What do y'all think?

I think you do it too.wink smiley
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Re: Lens used a verb. Sheesh.
Posted by: PeterB
Date: July 26, 2019 01:07PM
Change in the use of language can and should be concerning to all... worth a read if you haven't already seen it: [post.queensu.ca]




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Re: Lens used a verb. Sheesh.
Posted by: modelamac
Date: July 26, 2019 01:09PM
AGREED. It's asinine. Those people are lazy and/or being pretentious. We have enough words to cover all needs without adding this crap.



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me into next year is still on the table.
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Re: Lens used a verb. Sheesh.
Posted by: BernDog
Date: July 26, 2019 01:11PM
For me, it depends on intent. If you’re adapting a word to shift its meaning deliberately for creativity or poetics, I’m fine with anything. If you’re doing it out of ignorance, that’s a different story. In your example, it’d be the former (if it’s not already an actual word).
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Re: Lens used a verb. Sheesh.
Posted by: lost in space
Date: July 26, 2019 03:08PM
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neophyte
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lost in space

My wife, with a masters in linguistics, sees this sort of thing as normal development of language, but for me, it still grates. What do y'all think?

I think you do it too.wink smiley

Ya got me there! Though grate is commonly used as a verb and a noun.

It's the poseurs using nouns as verbs that, well, grate on me. "Where do you office these days?" Old one, I know, but nowhere do I find office defined as a verb.



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Re: Lens used a verb. Sheesh.
Posted by: btfc
Date: July 26, 2019 04:16PM
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Re: Lens used a verb. Sheesh.
Posted by: Article Accelerator
Date: July 26, 2019 04:58PM
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lost in space
What do y'all think?

I think you're right. It really bugs me. I don't think your ask is unreasonable. (Sheesh indeed…)



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Re: Lens used a verb. Sheesh.
Posted by: hal
Date: July 26, 2019 05:44PM
Ok, ok - I'll stay off your lawn...

Just remember, ANY noun can be verbed
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Re: Lens used a verb. Sheesh.
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: July 26, 2019 08:30PM
As a FKA lens-based artist, I take umbrage.
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Re: Lens used a verb. Sheesh.
Posted by: Article Accelerator
Date: July 27, 2019 12:43AM
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hal
Ok, ok - I'll stay off your lawn...

Just remember, ANY noun can be verbed

And apparently any verb can be nouned.
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Re: Lens used a verb. Sheesh.
Posted by: Blankity Blank
Date: July 27, 2019 06:30AM
I’ve seen this pop up here and there for a good many years. To the best of my recollection always in the same context as your example, that of a review or Hollywood/‘insider’ discussion such as the entertainment press.
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Re: Lens used a verb. Sheesh.
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: July 27, 2019 02:13PM
'You don't mind if I vape?'

LOL, I hate that on so many levels.


For me, it depends on intent. If you’re adapting a word to shift its meaning deliberately for creativity or poetics, I’m fine with anything.

Agreed.

That would or should be a specific instance. It's when it's done out of laziness or pretentiousness and like a weed, it tends to become part of 'our' (not my) daily language.

This seems to be common on online/social media. Fortunately I don't very often find myself in circles where I'll hear this version of New Speak.




When a good man is hurt,
all who would be called good
must suffer with him.

You and I have memories longer than the road that stretches out ahead.

There is no safety for honest men except
by believing all possible evil of evil men.

We don’t do focus groups. They just ensure that you don’t offend anyone, and produce bland inoffensive products. —Sir Jonathan Ive

Perfection is the enemy of progress. -Winston Churchill

-An armed society is a polite society.
And hope is a lousy defense.

You make me pull, I'll put you down.

Mister, that's a ten-gallon hat on a twenty-gallon head.

I *love* SIGs. It's Glocks I hate.
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Re: Lens used a verb. Sheesh.
Posted by: Blankity Blank
Date: July 27, 2019 07:46PM
Right now my favorite eye roll is “adulting” for, um, not still living like you’re a child.
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Re: Lens used a verb. Sheesh.
Posted by: PeterB
Date: July 27, 2019 11:15PM
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Blankity Blank
Right now my favorite eye roll is “adulting” for, um, not still living like you’re a child.

Ugh. Whenever I see/hear that, my first internal mental response is to say back, "do you mind if I start childing now? My inner child is calling and needs to be let out."




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