today's verbing

Arnold Zwicky zwicky at STANFORD.EDU
Fri Nov 21 00:37:03 UTC 2008

On Nov 20, 2008, at 1:29 PM, Mark Mandel wrote:

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> When I need a verb for 'make extinct' I use "extinguish".

i totally doubt this.  there are only a few contexts in which this
will work.

   The early settlers extincted many varieties of birds.  'made many
varietities of bird extinct'

    BUT The  early settlers extinguished many varieties of birds.

just won't do here.

"extinguish" rarely means 'make extinct'.


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