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I know that a lot of people use the word "Einstein" to convey someone as a genius, but I was wondering if Einstein, as a verb, is an official term.

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closed as general reference by simchona, Daniel, FumbleFingers, waiwai933 Aug 5 '11 at 3:31

This question is too basic; it can be definitively and permanently answered by a single link to a standard internet reference source designed specifically to find that type of information.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

    
In the sense that "he's such an Einstein!" or "he Einsteined that physics exam!"? –  simchona Aug 5 '11 at 2:02
    
Also, assuming a word is an "official term" if it's in the dictionary, then Einstein is not a verb. –  simchona Aug 5 '11 at 2:08
    
Chaos, seeing as several of your most recent questions have been closed, I strongly suggest that you do even a quick internet search before posting. –  simchona Aug 5 '11 at 2:13
    
It's worth noting that when we do call someone "Einstein," very often we're being sarcastic. For example, if someone answers a question incorrectly at school, another student might say, "Nice job, Einstein," in a sarcastic tone of voice. –  Nicholas Aug 5 '11 at 2:48
    
The question is already dead, but... I think it was referring to usage of "Einstein" like "MacGyver." –  dave Aug 5 '11 at 4:10

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It's not an official word in dictionaries unless (in lowercase) as a unit of radiant energy. I've very infrequently heard it used informally to mean genius, but it's not officially recognized.

Though I did find one thing interesting about this - I googled for "einsteined" (as a verb), and the Urban Dictionary has an interesting definition:

Verb. the act of being called out on acting or doing something lame/dumb.

Guy #1: OK, I'm going to go home and watch a movie with my mom. See all you later!

Guy #2: Wow, you watch movies with your mom? That's so lame.

Guy #3: (to Guy#1)You just got einsteined, man.

I've never seen/heard this, but it just might be best to keep in mind in case you ever decide to use it.

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@simchona: Check out the edit. –  Daniel Aug 5 '11 at 2:21
    
Well, I guess I was making up some logical things. The fact that it's in UD and not even MW leads me to heartily support your conclusion. –  simchona Aug 5 '11 at 2:21
    
+1 For finding Urban Dictionary and still saying it's not officially recognized –  simchona Aug 5 '11 at 2:21
    
You didn't google for it, you Googled for it. :) –  Kris Jul 4 '13 at 5:25

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