Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Irritable Vowel

Perhaps the biggest disadvantage of the Wikipedia’s popularity, as I see it, is the brand name’s now-frequent use as a verb in the manner of “Google” and “YouTube” and MySpace” and all that. Really, I’m fine with nouns being verbs — even proper nouns being verbs. However, when people use the verb “Wikipedia” in the past tense, I instantly picture a hatefully spelled word. As in, “I just Wikipediaed Ellen Cleghorne.” Three vowels in a row? Awful. Even worse: “Hold on! I’m still Wikipediaing Ellen Cleghorne!”

1 comment:

  1. You must not be a huge fan of Italian if triple vowel syndrome has become irritable . . .

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