[Ads-l] P.S. on "Fargone" vs. "Fargoed"

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Mon Jan 16 15:25:09 EST 2017

See my Jan. 2013 columns for the Boston Globe and Vocabulary.com, comparing
"catfishing" to "gaslighting."


In the latter, I quote Larry Horn asking on ADS-L about other verbs from
movie titles:


I give "Shawshank(ed)" and "Stepford(ed)" as other possible cinematic
verbs, and in the comments Orin Hargraves mentions "Forrest Gump(ed)." None
of these are as common as "gaslight" and "catfish," of course.

On Mon, Jan 16, 2017 at 9:17 AM, Yagoda, Ben <byagoda at udel.edu> wrote:

> And speaking of which, what are other examples, if any, of movie titles
> that have become fairly widespread verbs? A 2014 Mental Floss article, “11
> Movie Titles That Became Part of the Lexicon” has only two--“Gaslight” and
> the 2010 “Catfish,” which an Urban Dictionary poster defines as: "To give
> the impression of being an attractive person in order to attract someone
> online while being a complete or near opposite of that portrayed.”
> Off the top of my head, “All About Eve” and  “The Manchurian Candidate”
> (which has been referred to a fair amount lately) might have had shots if
> they were one word instead of three.
> http://mentalfloss.com/article/57860/11-movie-titles-became-part-lexicon
> Ben

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