Nouns becoming verbs....................

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i.e. "gifting!...................

we really are destroying our lovely language, don't you think?
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I know what you mean and sometimes one has to grin through gritted teeth. But I suppose language is a living thing and evolves with passage of time, like. When I proposed to my now husband I completely omitted to plight my troth.
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I work and live in the estuary English part of the world. A common phrase in these parts is " I liken it a lot. whatever happened to "like". "gissa a return ticket to…" Not quite sure how the language is evolving around here, and the most annoying " I went to the cinema yeah, and we saw Cats yeah, it was brill yeah. Perhaps there is a contest for how many times you can insert "yeah" into a conversation. Please and thank you are largely extinct
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Not just that - my big annoyance is the babyfication of our language (sorry!). Crispy, poo, etc. I even read poo on a communication from the NHS! It's faeces, for heavens sake! As for crispy, the word is crisp. It's an adjective, doesn't need a 'y'.
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You could make a case for the Y in 'crispy' to be acting as a modifier of 'crisp', presumably to indicate intensification, i.e, 'more crisp.' It's still an adjective.
It doesn't do anything for the metre in Good King Wenceslas, though. 'Bright and crispy and even' does sound strange!
As for NHS terminology - I recently went for a follow-up inspection of the hysterectomy I had a few years ago, and described my symptoms using the proper medical terminology. To which the doctor asked 'Have you had any medical training?
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That is the problem with medical terms isn't it? Those of us who know the correct terms can use and understand them, but 50% of the population have an IQ of less than 100 and may never have come across the medical names. Is it better to say "if you find blood if your poo go to the doctor" and have people go, or to say "if you find blood in your faeces ..." and have people not diagnosed for bowel cancer in good time?

It did irritate me the other day when watching Agatha Christie's "The Secret of Chimneys" to hear one of the actors say he'd "..been tasked with..." something or other. Not language used in the period and it really grated!

I was very surprised to find that my Pocket Oxford Dictionary printed in 1969 had "invite" as a colloquial alternative to invitation. I thought that was much more recent.
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I find the sporting ones the most irritating; expressions like 'medalling' or 'podiuming'.
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Podiuming, dear Lord how ghastly almost as bad as "he/she is really bossing this game" I gather it means the person is playing really well.
Long gone are the wonderful announcements between programmes, read by someone immaculately dressed, and when one person could cope admirably with a programme, without needing a co host and a panel of experts
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And they often had to fill in hours while it rained - although he cricket commentator ares till quite good at that!
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What annoys me most about many 'documentary' programmes on commercial channels is the way that, after the ad intervals, they endlessly recap everything they've just laboriously explained or demonstrated in the previous ten minutes. I know most of these programmes are made for those with only 2 brain cells and a short-term memory to match, but it's very tedious. Also, the tendency to create an elaborately-filmed section setting up the action at the start of a drama series, which is then endlessly repeated at the beginning of every subsequent episode.
However, it's very interesting to listen to old recordings and hear how the pronunciation has steadily changed, from 'BBC Received Pronunciation' to the present mix of accents and ways of speech. Especially when we're used to hearing an older presenter's voice nowadays, such as David Attenborough - there's a few minutes in his latest series, Seven worlds One Planet, with a clip of him recorded about 50 years ago, which shows this change very clearly. I suppose the only person who still speaks like that is the Queen, and possibly Jacob Rees-Smug.
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