I'm looking for a technical term for using a noun as its own verb form where such usage is not extant. For example, using intellect as a verb (to intellect). Is there such a term? It doesn't seem to be a neologism or an example of metonymy.

  • You should have left your comments up for longer. I was in stitches. – Mick Oct 26 '16 at 11:57
  • It doesn't matter. You got the answer. – user140086 Oct 26 '16 at 12:00
  • And amazingly quickly. I am impressed. – Mick Oct 26 '16 at 12:02
  • Ha ha. It's very quick. English Language & Usage Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for linguists, etymologists, and serious English language enthusiasts. – user140086 Oct 26 '16 at 12:09
  • And asked and answered on ELU twice before. I'm not impressed. – Edwin Ashworth Oct 26 '16 at 12:09

The most specific term for what you describe is verbification or verbing. The general term for using a word with one part of speech as another part of speech (not necessarily noun → verb) is conversion or zero derivation in linguistics and anthimeria in rhetoric.

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  • Anthimeria sounds perfect, and the example given, "The little old lady turtled along the road," is delightful. – Mick Oct 26 '16 at 11:52
  • Please check for duplicates where they might be considered likely before rushing to add an answer. Duplicates make the site look unprofessional. – Edwin Ashworth Oct 26 '16 at 12:11
  • @EdwinAshworth It's not easy for relatively new users to check for duplicates. I don't agree duplicates make the site look unprofessional. – user140086 Oct 26 '16 at 12:17
  • @Rathony It's easy enough to search for 'verbing', as I did. I'd not buy a grammar which repeated the same stuff every 300 pages. And perhaps our most valuable contributor here has mentioned the fact that repeat questions are not filtered out adequately. Why do you think there is the 'duplicate' close vote reason? – Edwin Ashworth Oct 26 '16 at 12:21
  • @EdwinAshworth Well, I also searched for duplicates. But as I said, relatively new users are not fully aware of how this site works. They don't even know they are supposed to post an answer to the duplicate master. I think it is too much to request they sholud search every single word they use in their answer. – user140086 Oct 26 '16 at 12:24

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