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    Default Proper names used as regular nouns and verbs

    Hi,

    what is the term for when a proper noun is used as a regular noun or as a verb?

    eg.

    He's an einstein. (smart person)

    Don't bogart the wine. (hog, not share)

    She gave me a Lewinsky. (blow job)

    Thank you in advance.

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    Default Re: Proper names used as regular nouns and verbs

    "Verbification" or "verbifying" (from "to verbify") are the only ones that I've ever heard.

    However, I don't know if this is a term that a linguist would use.

    Also, verbification does not only apply to proper nouns but to common ones as well.
    For example: He medaled in the Olympics.

    As for the nouns, I've never heard a term for that.
    Last edited by EnglishFix; 13-Jul-2013 at 19:24.

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    Default Re: Proper names used as regular nouns and verbs

    I've never heard the second two. With the first, Einstein would still require a capital E.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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