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If you worked here you could get away with it. And they wouldn't even have to be classy.   I am continually amazed by what people here show up wearing.

Take the word commodity. Okay?

 

Now why, when forming the transitive verb, do most people use commodify instead of commoditize?

 

 

That question has been buggung me since I was a student writing art history papers.

 

edit: and commodification v. commoditization

You are onto something there. It must be a hybrid. People have taken "commodity", from the Latin commodus, and then treated it as if it had something to do with "modify" from the Latin modificare - to make more moderate. An error, surely, but now consecrated by dictionarization (or dictionification). Anyway, you have my persmission to shoot on sight.

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Quote from LA Times report on the Game of the Century: "And LenDale White, the Trojans' meat-and-potatoes running back, took nice advantage of Texas' perseverating on Bush by rushing for 124 yards...."

 

perseverating?

According to my Webster's, perseverate is the verb form of the noun perseveration, "continuation of something (as repetition of a word) usu. to an exceptional degree or beyond a desired point".

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Thanks. Not sure if there's any truth to this but here goes.....

 

Giving the Finger

 

Before the Battle of Agincourt in 1415, the French,

anticipating victory over the English, proposed to

cut off the middle finger of all captured English

soldiers. Without the middle finger it would be

impossible to draw the renowned English longbow

and therefore they would be incapable of fighting

in the future.

This famous weapon was made of the native English

Yew tree, and the act of drawing the longbow was

known as "plucking the yew" (or "pluck yew").

Much to the bewilderment of the French, the English

won a major upset and began mocking the French by

waving their middle fingers at the defeated

French, saying, "See, we can still pluck yew!

"PLUCK YEW!"

Since 'pluck yew' is rather difficult to say, the

difficult consonant cluster at the beginning has

gradually changed to a labiodental fricative 'F',

and thus the words often used in conjunction

with the one-finger-salute!

It is also because of the pheasant feathers on the

arrows used with the longbow that the symbolic

gesture is known as "giving the bird." Thus

the Jersey Bird!

And yew thought yew knew everything

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Take the word commodity.  Okay?

 

Now why, when forming the transitive verb, do most people use commodify instead of commoditize?

 

 

That question has been bugging me since I was a student writing art history papers.

 

edit: and commodification v. commoditization

You are onto something there. It must be a hybrid. People have taken "commodity", from the Latin commodus, and then treated it as if it had something to do with "modify" from the Latin modificare - to make more moderate. An error, surely, but now consecrated by dictionarization (or dictionification). Anyway, you have my persmission to shoot on sight.

Thanks for that (the best explanation anyone ever offered me)....and for permission. :rolleyes:

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Take the word commodity.  Okay?

 

Now why, when forming the transitive verb, do most people use commodify instead of commoditize?

 

That question has been buggung me since I was a student writing art history papers.

 

edit: and commodification v. commoditization

A more significant question linguistically: Why would anyone want to turn commodity into a transitive verb at all?

 

None of my dictionaries or thesauruses (you get a choice on this plural) have entries for either commodify or commoditize. The word exists only as a figment of some pompous professor's imagination.

 

Of course I don't own an OED or a big Webster's.

 

First, a correction: Commodify is in a dictionary:

commodify

 

Syllabication: com·mod·i·fy

Transitive Verb: Inflected forms: com·mod·i·fied, com·mod·i·fy·ing, com·mod·i·fies

 

To turn into or treat as a commodity; make commercial: “Such music . . . commodifies the worst sorts of . . . stereotypes” (Michiko Kakutani, New York Times Magazine)

 

Etymology: commodi(ty) + –fy.

 

The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000.

 

Second: a note.

I posted this before I read Wilfrid's erudition.

 

"So put the two together, if you can,

Remembering the worst you know of me."

Edited by Maurice Naughton
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Thanks. Not sure if there's any truth to this but here goes.....

 

Giving the Finger

 

Before the Battle of Agincourt in 1415, the French,

anticipating victory over the English, proposed to

cut off the middle finger of all captured English

soldiers. Without the middle finger it would be

impossible to draw the renowned English longbow

and therefore they would be incapable of fighting

in the future.

This famous weapon was made of the native English

Yew tree, and the act of drawing the longbow was

known as "plucking the yew" (or "pluck yew").

Much to the bewilderment of the French, the English

won a major upset and began mocking the French by

waving their middle fingers at the defeated

French, saying, "See, we can still pluck yew!

"PLUCK YEW!"

Since 'pluck yew' is rather difficult to say, the

difficult consonant cluster at the beginning has

gradually changed to a labiodental fricative 'F',

and thus the words often used in conjunction

with the one-finger-salute!

It is also because of the pheasant feathers on the

arrows used with the longbow that the symbolic

gesture is known as "giving the bird." Thus

the Jersey Bird!

And yew thought yew knew everything

I do so love folk etymolgies. They show such pure poetic creativity.

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The dictionary lists -fy as a standard suffix. From French -fier, from Latin -ficare, -facere, from facere, 'do, make' -- no 'modify' association needed.

Right. Specify, verify, deify, etc.

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