Redefining verbs, media-style.
Proper nouns do make it into the dictionary: Mrs Malaprop and Mr Crapper provide a couple of examples.
Given time, some of our media performers may make a similar contribution.
[Update: use in a sentence and 12+ added]
- To Hartcher: to devalue your own reputation while seeking to protect that of a wrongdoer
A few years back Penberthy hartchered for Assange
- To Cassidy: to nod in unison (group of 3 or more)
The bureaucrats round the table cassidied when the Treasurer finished speaking
- To Akerman: to embarrass one’s allies
Both ACORN and the SEIU akermaned the Democrats
- To Uhlmann: to be bereft of allies
Gillard seems pretty much uhlmanned
- To Bourke: to collect lonely old men on Twitter
If you’re willing to do a little extra, bourking is a pretty good way to make money
- To Marr: to make a timely disappearance from public life at the exact moment when you are called on to display your integrity
Robert Maxwell could marr better than anyone
- To Bolt: to infuriate and energise in equal amounts
Every time I go out till 3am it really bolts my wife
- To Kelly (P): to lag the Zeitgeist by a minimum of 6 weeks
That Facebook share just kellys
- To Kelly (F): to define one’s own views as the Zeitgeist
My Mum was kellying about Justin Bieber
- To Dempster: to decline into a parody of oneself
Stallone in The Expendables is just totally dempstering
- To Oakes: to Dempster uncontrollably.
Is Stallone on crack or is he just oakesing as usual?
- To Carlton: to play the man rather than the issue with egregious hypocrisy (h/t Scotty)
Swan has been carltoning on tax for the past four years
- To Holmes: to claim overwork based on the effort of lackeys
King Farouk holmesed and took a day off