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Posted: 25 August 2017 11:34 AM   [ Ignore ]
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Swinging by the office manager’s desk just now, I grabbed a couple of mints from her candy dish.  She asked me to hand one to her, which I did.  Then she says, “Don’t worry, I’m amazoning more.” It made me laugh.  I guess we’re verbing Amazon now.

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Posted: 25 August 2017 12:57 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Ha!  First I’ve heard of it, but it’s not in the least surprising.

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Posted: 28 August 2017 04:13 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Actually means “to clear large tracts of virginal Brazilian rainforest for the planting of industrial peppermint” according to my latest slang sources :}

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Posted: 03 September 2017 06:53 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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I wonder if it should be pronounced:  ama - zone - ing in that case.

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Posted: 03 September 2017 09:36 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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So far that’s amazoning, googling, tweeting.  I haven’t come across any verbs from Facebook or Youtube, the other two social media titans but I could have missed them. It will be interesting to see how long such verbs last.  It is possible they could outlive the companies and for instance tweeting could remain as a general term for messaging and googling for searching. In fact is the latter term really still tied to Google? If I searched for something with Bing or another search engine I’d in all probability still say I googled it.

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Posted: 03 September 2017 09:47 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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I haven’t heard anyone say, “Facebooking”, but I have seen the term, “vaguebooking”.  This is where one leaves an ambiguous post on one’s timeline.

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Posted: 03 September 2017 06:25 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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I’ve heard facebooking and have probably used it myself.

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Posted: 03 September 2017 09:16 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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We are in an age when almost every noun will be turned into a verb sooner or later due to mass laziness. “Amazoning” is the worst verb I’ve heard this week. Sorry, Dave.

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Posted: 04 September 2017 01:10 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Unfortunately, wordoriginsing doesn’t sound right.

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Posted: 04 September 2017 01:57 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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How about ‘Wiltonising’ or Wiltonizing’?  Suppose it make him sound too much like a carpetbagger!

On second thoughts though, he did move from the North (Toronto) to the South (Texas) so perhaps he does qualify.

Does that get me off the carpet?

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Posted: 04 September 2017 03:51 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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We are in an age when almost every noun will be turned into a verb sooner or later due to mass laziness. “Amazoning” is the worst verb I’ve heard this week. Sorry, Dave.

So much to object to in this statement.

First, verbing nouns (i.e., functional shifts) is a perfectly normal form of word formation. Are you going to stop using the following verbs: chair, cup, divorce, drink, dress, fool, host, intern, lure, mail, medal, merge, model, mutter, pepper, salt, ship, sleep, strike, style, train, voice, tower, father, commute, source, cushion, contact, and drink? Just to name a few. You don’t like it because it’s new.

It’s not laziness. It’s concision. It takes the phrase to order something from Amazon.com and boils it down to one word.

It also carries social connotations, namely that one is wealthy enough to afford internet access (not a high bar, but there are many who do not have it), digitally literate (not a given among the older generations), and that, because one blithely uses Amazon’s services, one is unconcerned about the company’s employment practices, which have been harshly criticized, or about the impact that online shopping has on local economies and tax bases.

Finally, I don’t know why you’re singling me out. I said I used facebook as verb, not amazon.

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Posted: 04 September 2017 05:59 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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I guess I’m just getting too old to want to accept verbs like “amazoning”, Dave. I’d simply say, “I’m ordering more,” and leave it at that. Facebooking? Now that is something I don’t do, so I don’t have to worry about that one. (smiley face here)

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Posted: 04 September 2017 08:07 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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I just used it on Facebook. Someone asked where a t-shirt came from. I noted that you could amazon it.

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Posted: 04 September 2017 05:56 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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"Just YouTube this singer, he’s really good.”

Quite common even here in Holland amongst UK and US expats.

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Posted: 05 September 2017 12:23 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 14 ]
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Instagramming is certainly a thing as well.

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Posted: 08 September 2017 12:55 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 15 ]
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I’ve nothing against the verbing of trade names. Facebooking, Netflixing, Youtubing.
But “Amazoning” has a somewhat clunky ring to it.

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