Changing nouns into verbs

The English language is in a constant state of flux. New words are formed and old ones fall into disuse. But no trend has been more obtrusive in recent years than the changing of nouns into verbs. (Anthony Gardner, in Intelligent Life Magazine, Winter 2010)

This process – which one might refer to as ‘verbing’ – is known to grammarians as ‘denominalisation’. And it’s certainly not new. In his 1994 book, The Language Instinct, Steven Pinker points out that “easy conversion of nouns to verbs has been part of English grammar for centuries; it is one of the processes that make English English.”

The full article can be found on More Intelligent Life.

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