Recently on the meta for English.se, I used the following sentence:
Personally, I think we should source answers if possible, but this is also sensitive to the level of the asker.
My question relates to whether this usage of source as a verb is as one person responded "a rather lazy and hence unclear phrase?"
The other person suggested that it could admit two interpretations:
we should provide sources in answers
we should seek answers
google defines source as a verb as follows:
obtain from a particular source.
I learned to use source in the way I describe in the midst of university teaching. Specifically, we often say regarding claims that are not original to a student or that state data without a citation -- "you need to source this."
Is something in my usage odd, incorrect, or lazy?