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John W. Baxter
jwbnews at scandaroon.com
Mon Nov 13 03:13:58 CET 2000
In article <8un6fv0g7i at news2.newsguy.com>, "Alex Martelli"
<aleaxit at yahoo.com> wrote:
> "Steve Williams" <sandj.williams at gte.net> wrote in message
> news:3A0EF361.4F7FA244 at gte.net...
> > Michael Hudson's sig block says:
> > > 59. In English every word can be verbed. Would that it were so in
> > > our programming languages.
> > > -- Alan Perlis, http://www.cs.yale.edu/homes/perlis-alan/quotes.html
> > Lermontov's poem Parus (The Sail) starts out the with Russian word for
> > (Byelo) used as a verb:
> > (Byelyeet Parus odinaky. . .)
> > Maybe Perlis knows how to 'verb' the word white, but I sure don't.
> > Glistens? Glitters? Coruscates? Bleaches? Blanches? Whites? I don't
> > so.
> "Whitens" is one possibility -- while the transitive senses of the
> verb "to whiten" are more common, it does have intransitive use,
> too. (Actually, "glistens" sounds better to me in this context,
> but it's less literal, I think).
Perhaps it is time to "unretire" good old...
John W. Baxter Port Ludlow, WA USA jwbnews at scandaroon.com
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