Some people use 'addicting game' and others use 'addictive drugs' - What's the proper usage?
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Addictive is an adjective meaning something is addictive.
Addicting is a verb — meaning to do something to become addicted. "I am addicting myself to caffeine by drinking so many espressos".
The meanings reported by the NOAD for addictive are:
Addicting is, as the dictionary reports, the informal equivalent of addictive.
Addict is a noun that means "a person who is addicted to a particular substance, typically an illegal drug." Its etymology is early 20th century, from the obsolete verb addict, which was a back-formation from addicted.
'Addicting' has only started to become noticeable in recent years, and I only ever see it in relation to games. Usage as a verb is apparently valid although it does look and sound very wrong!
As it is associated with gaming I suggest that the use of
The suffix determines the meaning of the word and in this case Martin Becket is without a shadow of a doubt correct.
protected by RegDwigнt♦ May 20 '11 at 10:42
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