Verbifying Words

In today’s world where new devices and concepts are introduced to us constantly, it may seem relaxing to slip casually into our customary grammatical shortcuts. This is perfectly all right if everyone at least remembers not to create words that an individual understands but others would not. There are a quarter of a million words in the English language, yet when it comes to describing something, everyone adopts nonsense words such as prettify and solutionize. In a cookbook, for example, you may see the author creating the word “ovenable” to refer to food which can go inside the oven. The author may think that he or she is humorous, when in reality it seems as though they did not hire an editor or they are too senseless to write books. If this author is too lazy to craft a great sentence with appropriate vocabulary, he or she should stay in the kitchen or hire a ghostwriter.

It is no wonder that today some people crave great books with outstanding language in order to block out the slapdash vocabulary most people possess. One may be in a conversation where a controversy arises, and someone quickly says, “I’ll Google it” -just as easily one could have stated “Let me look it up on Google.” Today people feel the need for everything to be quick and short, even our words. Imagine a similar circumstance, but instead you are talking to your boss, he is discussing something about your coworker when you hastily blurt out “I would Facebook him.” Now everyone perceives you as being immature based off your childish language. Another example is when girls are talking about fashion, one may say to the other, “You can belt it”; in more logical words, you can place a belt over your outfit.

Everyone should take a couple of extra seconds to speak properly. You will appear more intellectual and it also helps people other than your peers, such as teachers and employers, understand what you are saying. Author, Markus Zusak has said, “I have hated words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right.” So remember before you slop a sentence together, cautiously select appropriate vocabulary that will make you sound more mature and well-read than your less sophisticated peers.

Eleanor Frost ’15