Not Every Noun Is a Verb

I've been Krogering!
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Sometimes a company name (noun), or brand becomes so ubiquitous that it is inseparably associated with what it does and people begin to use it as a verb. Here are a couple of examples.

“Larry is so vain that he can’t go a day without Googling himself.”

“I asked Chester to Xerox 15 copies of his report for the board meeting.”

“Mark always Facebooks the funniest videos of cats and babies.”

Let me state, however, that not every noun should be used as a verb. I’m looking at you, Kroger. The other day your friendly cashier slapped an “I’ve been Krogering” sticker on my 18 month old.

What does that even mean—“I’ve been Krogering”?

When used as a verb, does Kroger mean to go to the most conveniently located grocery store late at night?

Does it mean to make impulse buys from the selection of tabloid magazines and candy bars near the cash register?

Or does it mean to struggle free from the restraints of grocery cart seat belts?

I don’t think I’ll figure what it means on my own. What I do know is that I’ll never be using it in any sentence other than this one: “I think those ‘I’ve been Krogering’ stickers are lame.”

What nouns have you seen or heard being used verbs? Which ones work? Which ones don’t? Sound off in the comments below.


2 thoughts on “Not Every Noun Is a Verb

  1. AustinDM

    Verbing weirds language, that can be sure.

    I can’t think of many that bother me besides anything related to Twitter, but that’s less because of the verbing and more because Twitter bothers me.

    One thing re: verbing that annoys me is people who still make jokes that “googling” someone sounds sexual.

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