I am not an old reactionary when it comes to language. I know it is an organic thing with new words and meanings and connotations coming on all the time but, just like misplaced or missing apostrophes, I do get bugged when new verbs turn up without warning.
For example, who decided that tourists would 'do' places when they travelled abroad? Personally I cannot bear it when people tell me the 'did' the Sistene Chapel after a summer holiday in Rome.
And now the BBC have got in on the act. Since when did 'medal' become a verb? Rebecca Adlington has medalled twice and so have 4 coxless men (sorry a pun not to be missed) amongst others.
It just worries me that we are simply being lazy with language. Yes I know the point of language is to communicate meaning as quickly and efficiently as possible but are heading towards the newspeak of 1984?
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