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September 28th, 2007
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Verbing with the best of them
Hey, kadyg, check it out! According to the Language Godfathers over at Oxford, 'chef' is now officially a verb!*

In fact, this entire sentence is now proper, high-class Officially Accepted English:

"My lovely wife's cheffing is so fricking gold star that I would walk across hot jaffle irons in my tighty-whities for a taste of her crème fraîche."



Edited to add: A fascinating piece of Oxford English Dictionary trivia (thanks to the magic of wikipedia): One of the most influential editors of the first edition OED was a schizophrenic man who cut off his own penis. Further tidbits here, at least until the WP anti-fun police remove the trivia section.


* Other great new additions if you didn't click on the link above**: "trepidatious" (which somehow wasn't officially a word until now), "wiki" and "irritainment."
** Which is probably smart of you. I made that mistake and then spent over an hour simply grabbing all the interesting-looking words and plugging them into Google.

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Date:September 28th, 2007 08:50 pm (UTC)
I'll buy that your sentence is officially accepted and thus proper. But I refuse to admit that it is high-class.
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Date:September 28th, 2007 09:14 pm (UTC)
Oh, c'mon! Tighty whities are so totally upper class. Was it the jaffles, maybe?
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Date:September 28th, 2007 08:56 pm (UTC)
For those of us without the spare $300 to blow on a subscription, do you happen to know, precisely, what the definition is for "chef v."? I would assume that it contains something of the action taken by chefs, being the preparation of food, but how does it differentiate itself from "cook v."? Pedantic little dragon minds wish to know...
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Date:September 28th, 2007 09:13 pm (UTC)
I don't have a subscription either, but I'd assume that the distinction is something along the lines of "run" vs. "sprint" vs. "dash."

One possible line of variance: Cheffing is a professional act of cooking by someone with actual chef accreditation. Cooking refers to any (typically heat-related) preparation of food.
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Date:September 28th, 2007 09:30 pm (UTC)
What the heck is a "jaffle"?
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Date:September 28th, 2007 10:15 pm (UTC)
Whoops, I meant "jaffle iron". Fixed in post.

It's one of those words I had to Google. Best definition I found was at everything2.
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Date:September 28th, 2007 10:33 pm (UTC)
Endemic to Australia? I doubt it somehow (though perhaps the term is). My household has an electric one of the things described (we just call it a "sandwich maker"), and it seems to me a pie iron is much the same thing (I've seen ones made with a ridge that divides the sandwich).
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Date:September 28th, 2007 10:39 pm (UTC)
"antivenom"? What was wrong with "antivenin"?

"asswipe" and "ta-da", lol. They apparently waited six months to add "arsewipe", though.

"caramelized" wasn't already in there? O.o

From September:

"boink"! woot! (wonder how long it'll take for "woot" to get in there.)

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Date:September 29th, 2007 06:51 am (UTC)
So, which of the following are nouns and which are verbs?

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