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I have heard the word medal used as a verb recently by members of the (BBC) Rio 2016 commentary team and on occasion to podium even slipped in - is this a common phenomenon?
Perusal of the internet indicates that to medal is not just a recent occurrence but one that stretches back to the first modern Olympic Games and a usage in reference to the honours system (N.B.: Ngrams only looks at written language so it's apparent decline recently is probably not representative of its overall usage)
the OED lists examples of using "medal" as a verb as long ago as Byron, in 1822: "He was medalled." [The modern usage is] dated by the OED from 1966: "to win a medal (i.e. to come first, second, or third in a sporting event or competition)". (The Guardian - style guide)
Podium as a verb has no such illustrious history with a more minor usage in mainly athlete circles. My Ngrams search (see above) finds to podium has a small, recent use but podiumed is not found (and is highlighted as a spelling error). It is listed in the OED but as mainly in AmE.
(Of a competitor in a sporting event) finish first, second, or third, so as to appear on a podium to receive an award:
**In the end, my question is:
Are these words mainstream verbs or are they merely seasonal, and don't see use outside of commentary and competitor circles?**