September 27, 2005

verbspotting: enthused by back-formation

i was looking for new verbs created by back formation (enthuse and intuit just don't have that ring of "you're not serious!" anymore) and came across to buttle, from butler. it can't be all that new, though, it has already made it into merriam-webster!

Main Entry: but·tle
Function: intransitive verb
Inflected Form(s): buttled; buttled; buttling
Etymology: back-formation from butler
substandard : to serve or act as butler

"buttle." Webster's Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged. Merriam-Webster, 2002. http://unabridged.merriam-webster.com (27 Sep. 2005).

i must say i quite like it, a lot better than another verb i spotted today: chillax, but then, i find blendings usually quite boring.

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