today's verbing

Arnold Zwicky zwicky at STANFORD.EDU
Thu Nov 20 14:41:29 UTC 2008

of the adjective "extinct".  comment on of
11/20/08 story "Woolly Mammoth Genome Sequenced":

wooly mexicans
commented on Nov 20, 2008 1:10:41 AM

bring back the wooly mammoth, extinct the mexicans.


this is the transitive verb "extinct" 'make extinct'.  the OED has it
in a number of senses, all extinct; the last cites (in any sense) are
from the 17th c.  not in NOAD2 or AHD4.

but it's certainly alive (again) today; huge number of hits for the
passive, but some active ones too. many of the references are to the
extinction of species:

   Why are tigers extincted? ... There are three main reasons for the
extinction of the tigers.

   Birds Extincted since Audubon's time

   Dodos question: When did the dodo bird get extincted?

   Discussion on 'Who started to extinct the elephants?''

   That catastrophe was practically almost enough to extinct the

plus some metaphorical extensions:

   Extincted Cartoons
You are looking at the "extincted" cartoon page from the CartoonStock

   Extincted Gaming

   Bush Plans to Extinct the Endangered Species Act. [language play]

   The process of restructuring is to extinct the undesired responses
of the organization.


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