The peril of grammar nit-picking

New from the MySociety genii:, capsule the curiously-capitalised PlaceOpedia. Think Google Maps ? Wikipedia. Brilliant. Except that, as I write, all the links read

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  1. Chambers gives ‘vt to decorate with a medal’ but not this Olympic vi. Moreover, casting aspersions freely, I should be pleased to see the evidence that the particular example in the American Heritage Dictionary (a name which might protest too much) is quoted from genuine usage. That said, verbing nouns is a practice centuries old. Latter-day hackles rise, I suspect, largely because of its prevalence in the dialect of modern management. Grammatical nitpicking is, as you rightly observe, wide of the mark. Wincing may yet be appropriate.

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