Verbing Weirds Language

I’ve noted this before (thanks to Calvin and Hobbes for that title), that the transition of words from nouns to verbs is to be deplored. Sadly, fighting this trend is a losing battle. Here’s an example of what I mean. The oldest quotation given for this word as a verb is as recent as 1962. The earliest instance given for the word as a noun is 1325.

access, v.

1. trans. a. To gain access to (data, etc., held in a computer or computer-based system, or the system itself).

b. gen.

2. = ACCESSION v. rare.

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