[Ads-l] "inbox" as a verb?

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue Feb 14 20:47:44 EST 2017


> On Feb 14, 2017, at 4:49 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> 
> So why not just say the immediately comprehensible "I'll e-mail you"?
> 
> JL

Too wimpy.  “I’ll inbox you” is more muscular (and/or weaponized).  

LH

> 
> On Tue, Feb 14, 2017 at 3:25 PM, Shawnee Moon <moon.shawnee at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> 
>> I have been reading books about the evolution of the English language. I
>> like the new terminologies, because it simplifies language, telling someone
>> you'll "inbox" them is like saying you'll message them, only it refers to
>> email (which refers to electronic mail). For A meaning that needs no
>> description or artistry, it's just a quicker way to say something. Like
>> nodding your head, it says what you mean with as few words as possible, in
>> that case, with none at all.  It's like Google, it's now a verb: "I googled
>> my name." New words come in all the time, and take on new roles in
>> language. I think we notice them because the frequency is perhaps higher
>> than in the past, with communication happening globally at nearly light
>> speed. That and the lack of formality, and the abbreviated way people
>> communicate in text messages. "JMHO"
>> 
>> In a book or article, something meant to express an idea or tell a story,
>> longer descriptions are better, it's different. It's not conversational,
>> it's writing. It's an art. I wouldn't want to read a book written in
>> "textese." It's almost like deciphering a rebus.
>> 
>> When I write, however, I have to go back and edit out words like "shan't"
>> and phrases like "on the morrow" which are archaic. I don't know where that
>> comes from since I don't talk like that and am under 150 years old...
>> 
>> Mailed from the Moon 🌜
>> 
>>> On Feb 14, 2017, at 8:12 AM, James A. Landau <JJJRLandau at NETSCAPE.COM>
>> wrote:
>>> 
>>> Seen on Facebook:
>>> 
>>> "I need to inbox you about freelancing, by the way."
>>> 
>>> 
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