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since when is "effort" a verb??

 
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PostPosted: Thu 24 Nov, 2005 11:57 am    Post subject: since when is "effort" a verb?? Reply with quote

We just watched a little bit of the Macy's Thanksgiving parade. A float hit one of the light standards causing a light to fall into the crowd below. The announcer (sorry, I don't remember which channel) said, "We are efforting more information." I thought maybe I had misheard but the second announcer said a moment later, "Police are on the scene as they wait for the city to effort more emergency help" (or something like that....)

Exclamation Exclamation Exclamation Exclamation I never knew until today that "effort" was a verb. stomp

Still unsure about whether I had indeed misheard, I googled, using the key words "effort as a verb". (Google is my friend. And "google" IS a verb.)

Book Source Magazine wrote:
The current number one on my top-ten list (if I had a top-ten list) of words that make my teeth itch is the embarrassingly tortuous (and often torturous) use of effort as a verb. One no longer attempts or makes an effort to do anything, one efforts it.

(excerpt from http://www.booksourcemonthly.com/index.htm?editorsnote.shtml )


Goodness how sad... what will they think of next??

edit: It turns out that the use of "effort" as a verb has been around since at least November2001:

http://www.blastbooks.com/JE/reviews2.html (Scroll down to Forbes FYI, November 12, 2001)


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PostPosted: Thu 24 Nov, 2005 1:23 pm    Post subject: Re: since when is "effort" a verb?? Reply with quote

llizard wrote:
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Exclamation Exclamation Exclamation Exclamation I never knew until today that "effort" was a verb. stomp [...]


Let me see if I can effort a reply...

Actually when you think about it I guess we can substitute 'effort' for just about any verb.

A few examples might be;

I think I'll effort a quart of milk from the corner store.

Let's effort a movie tonight.

or my personal favorite...
Once more and I'll effort a cap in your ass, punk !

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PostPosted: Thu 24 Nov, 2005 2:37 pm    Post subject: Re: since when is "effort" a verb?? Reply with quote

DataRyder wrote:

I'll effort a cap in your ass, punk!


hmmm how violent (or is it lude?) I wonder if I should be efforting that part of your post, Dataryder.... stomp


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PostPosted: Thu 24 Nov, 2005 2:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Until reading this I'd never heard "effort" used in that manner. I have previously heard police and military forces do odd things like that when they speak though.

I've heard the phrase "I'll bust a cap in your ass" on TV shows from the US and it's obviously something unpleasant but I have no idea what it actually means. It sounds like a threat to do something unsavoury with a bottle cap and a donkey.
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PostPosted: Thu 24 Nov, 2005 3:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

David wrote:
It sounds like a threat to do something unsavoury with a bottle cap and a donkey.


I hadn't thought of bottle cap! My first thought was something unsavoury with a hat and a donkey.

(actually, I've lied... I do know what it really efforts.... whoohoo! )


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PostPosted: Thu 24 Nov, 2005 10:18 pm    Post subject: Re: since when is "effort" a verb?? Reply with quote

llizard wrote:
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Exclamation Exclamation Exclamation Exclamation I never knew until today that "effort" was a verb. stomp ...


This reminds me of a phrase that upper-level executives in my company were fond of for a while: "solutioning a problem". boo! boo! boo!

Rats, now I can't effort my face to untwist ...


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