Tom Vincent tomrvincent at YAHOO.COM
Tue Feb 7 15:35:27 UTC 2006

Is there a 'tipping point' concept among linguists to determine when using a verb as a noun or adjective becomes an acceptable usage, recognized variant or whatnot?


Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM> wrote:
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Marc Ginsberg, former U.S. ambassador to Morrocco, observed a few minutes ago (on _Fox & Friends_, natch), that there's "a lot of foment in the Muslim world." He then said most Americans are unaware of just how much "foment" there is, so it wasn't just a slip of the tongue.

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