There's so much cool, positive stuff about language floating around these days that I'm happy to sip a glass of tea and let the impotent mosquitoes of peevology buzz around without swatting at them. But occasionally the stupidity rises to the point that it warrants mention.
Just now, on NPR, the uber-smarmy Scott Simon went into a lame prescriptivist rant (hardly as offensive as his grossly unprofessional anti-Obama slams of last Saturday, but that's a story for another blog). The audio won't be up for a while yet, but if I heard right, Simon shows himself not to be a competent speaker of English. We've just used and mentioned the verb to verb. And I've heard to verbize, an awkward but I suppose possible form. Simon, however, was going off about verby-izing nouns. He describes that as pulling nouns, which were 'perfectly happy' being nouns, 'by the hair' and 'stretching' them into verbs.
Is it too much to ask to have our biggest media outlets show some sliver of sophistication about language?