Verbification. Yes. I just made up a word. But what we as members of this rapidly evolving society don't realize is that we make up words every single day. Not only is a plethora of slang being introduced into our language every day but, we are also changing the meaning and use of words that we already have. There are countless examples of this kind of grammatical transformation but, lets start with something that we all experience every day.
“Hmmm. I don't know. Let me Google it.”
Google? I thought this was a noun, not a verb. Well it is. We use verbs when we are in action, or are doing something. But we as Americans live such fast-paced lives that it is easier for us to speak about nouns as if they were verbs. We are always in action, always on the move and ready to change every thing in our path that gets in the way of our time efficiency.
The correct way to re-phrase the sentence above is to say, “Allow me to search for the answer on google.com. But that just takes too long to say.
I find it fascinating that I and those around me, are brave enough to change a language that has been around for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. It is as if we feel that the whole world is at our finger-tips and we can change even our age-old mode of communication to meet our needs, be it for time efficiency or laziness.
However, the question is, are these linguistic shifts a small part of the evolution of slang in the English language, or will they truly impact the way that the language is spoken throughout the United States, evolving into a separate and complex dialect? Well, we are the only country that doesn't use the metric system, I suppose that we are stubborn enough to change a language to meet our needs.
No matter what the answer is to the aforementioned question, I don't think that it would hurt any of us to pay close attention to how slang impacts our language. In my own fast paced life which has prevented me from writing in this blog for months, I have found verbification, if you will, to be running rampant ; a reflection of my never-ceasing action filled schedule.
Is verbification a sign that we need to slow down, take time to “smell the roses” of language? Appreciate the sentence structure and diction that graces many pieces of our classic literature, and makes for a fully comprehensive and understandable dialogue.