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INSTRUCTION: Answer questions 51 to 55 in relation to text 1.


  1. If you are one of more than 600 million people on
  2. Facebook, it’s likely that you regularly friend (and
  3. sometimes unfriend) others. This extending of language
  4. – verbing of nouns – brings growing pains. Some rail
  5. against it.
  6. Why verb a noun when a perfectly serviceable verb ‘to
  7. befriend’ is already a part of the language? But language
  8. grows with need, and ‘to friend’ someone online is not
  9. necessarily the same as ‘to befriend’. Each new verb or
  10. noun adds a new shade to the mosaic of the language.
  11. And it happens all the time. We have the verb ‘serve’
  12. and the noun ‘service’, but we extend ‘service’ to use it
  13. as a verb again because ‘to service’ is not necessarily
  14. the same as ‘to serve’.
  15. Put new verbs into service in your conversation and
  16. writing, at work, home, and beyond. Friend them into your
  17. vocabulary, and don’t worry about those who complain
  18. against the verbing of nouns. It has been going on for
  19. quite a while now.
  20. The Oxford English Dictionary has the fi rst citation for
  21. the word friend as a verb from the year 1225. In fact, ‘to
  22. friend’ has an older pedigree than ‘to befriend’ (1559).
  23. There was no Facebook, no Web, no computers, not
  24. even electricity back in the 13th century. But there was
  25. language, and a need to stretch it to fi ll a need. And long
  26. after Facebook is gone, we’ll continue using language
  27. in ways that fi t. Here’s to verbing of nouns (and nouning
  28. of verbs)!

(http://wordsmith.org/awad, 468, June 19, 2011)

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