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April 13, 2005

Englishing?

C.J. Moore, author of "In Other Words: A Language Lover's Guide to the Most Intriguing Words Around the World" wrote an interesting article in yesterday's International Herald Tribune. He looked at a phenomenon he jokingly refers to as "gerunding" - turning nouns rather than verbs into gerunds. "Unsavoury" examples used in English include "beasting" and "monstering," but most of the words, such as footing, skating, standing and pressing, have come into use in non-English speaking countries in ways that native speakers would not grasp. And sometimes the words are introduced because an English-language concept has never previously existed in some countries. Seemingly the word "bullying" is used in Spain for that reason.
Meanwhile: The world is Englishing

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