Verb, Verbing, Verbification: Turning Nouns into Verbs

The dictionary defines “bicycle” as both a noun and a verb. (Photo courtesy of the New York Public Library Digital Collection)

The dictionary defines bicycle as both a noun and a verb. (Photo courtesy of the New York Public Library Digital Collection)

It’s easy to blame Google for our tendency to turn nouns into verbs. We all say, “Just Google it,” instead of “Search it on Google.” This inclination, however, goes back a long way. (more…)