[Ads-l] verb of the season

Arnold Zwicky zwicky at STANFORD.EDU
Sat Nov 29 11:12:25 UTC 2014


On Nov 28, 2014, at 5:42 PM, Larry Horn <laurence.horn at YALE.EDU> wrote:

> "to black Friday shop"
> 
> Obviously around for awhile, given the number of hits for "How to Black Friday Shop" alone (there's even a T-shirt with the legend "This Girl Knows How To Black Friday Shop"), but I hadn't noticed them in previous years.  

continuing a series of OCCASION-shop 2-part back-formed verbs reported on ADS-L in the past:

AMZ to ADS-L 11/28/08 on "to holiday-shop"
AMZ to ADS-L 11/28/08 "more back-formed shopping", with 
  "to Christmas-shop", "to birthday-shop", "to wedding-shop"

> Another timely verb is "showroom"; "showrooming", I just learned from an NBC News segment.  It's been around since at least 2012, long enough to have its own wiki page:
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Showrooming
> 
> "Showrooming is the practice of examining merchandise in a traditional brick and mortar retail store or other offline setting, and then buying it online, sometimes at a lower price"
> 
> And I'm afraid I've been guilty of this sin myself, without even knowing its name

on my blog from 2012:

http://arnoldzwicky.wordpress.com/2012/07/06/annals-of-commercial-verbing-showroom/

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