Making the Jump

Hey, check this out. I noticed a new trend. Well, not new, but a trend nonetheless. I’m sure I’m not the first and I’m sure I’m not the last to notice it. I’m just noting that I noticed it. But I’ll let the semantics rest and just let it blurt instead of discussing who said what first and where.

Here’s the deal: forms of communication first used as nouns in the English language later develop into verbs.

Here’s what I mean: I’ve fallen in love with text messaging, so I do it all the time. At first, to describe the fact that I had sent someone a text message, I would say, “I sent you a text message.” But this quickly turned into, “I text messaged you,” which recently has become abbreviated to, “Well, I texted you mom. If you don’t know how to check it, that’s your problem!”

See, the technology of sending a text message has now become an act, which translates into verbiage minus the actual verb of “sending.” The form of communication became the actual verb.

This trend also applies to website use, another form of communication technology. Google and Myspace are websites first and foremost, but recently, the names of these websites have made the jump from noun to verb.

These days, “To google” someone means to search for them on the Internet, and the same can be said for Myspace. “She myspaced me” simply means that the person performing the act either found you or sent you a message through the Myspace website.

Think I’m crazy yet? Well, let’s take a few steps backward and look at phones, fax machines, email and CD burners; all forms of communication technology which later made the jump from noun to verb.

There may have been a time when “I phoned you” seemed like a radical use of the English language, but I wasn’t around to witness it. I was around for “I faxed it to you,” “I emailed it over,” and “I burned a porn soundtrack for us,” but I didn’t give a fuck til now to care about it. But they inevitably are all forms of communication technology that made the jump from noun to verb.

See, I’m not that crazy, just immensely bored and all too eager to over-analyze use of the English language. I just need to figure out a way to get paid to do that kind of crap….

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