Verbification of Martha Stewart

David Bowie db.list at PMPKN.NET
Thu Dec 23 12:47:15 UTC 2004

From:    Alice Faber <faber at HASKINS.YALE.EDU>

: I was struck by this (perhaps) nonce-formation in the Toronto Sun,
: quoting Eric Lindros:  "Myself, I've bought a house in the area and
: I've Martha Stewart-ed it up."
: (<>)

I've heard it as simply the verb "to Martha", as in "I've Marthaed
[Marthad?] up my living room."

Now that i think about it, it seems that the verb as i've heard (and used)
it is "to Martha up", close to what Lindros said.

I've heard it more often as an adjective, though, as in "It was just way too
Martha for me."

Of course, with Alice's quote you've got a big, burly hockey player using
"to Martha Stewart up" as something that he does. Nothing like being secure
in one's masculinity, eh?

David Bowie                               
    Jeanne's Two Laws of Chocolate: If there is no chocolate in the
    house, there is too little; some must be purchased. If there is
    chocolate in the house, there is too much; it must be consumed.

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