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    to disco - verb?

    Hello,
    There is a song called "It's the time to disco".
    However, can disco be a verb, too?
    My favorite site dict.cc | disco | Deutsch-Wrterbuch does not list disco as a verb.
    Nevertheless I doubt the song's meaning is something like:
    "It's the time to go to disco" - just shorter written.

    P.S. The song belongs to a Bollywood movie if that helps to answer the question .

    Cheers!

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    Re: to disco - verb?

    Yes, "disco" can be used as a verb. My dictionary says that when it is used as such it means "to dance to disco music." I suppose it could also mean to go to a disco. However, it should only be used as a verb in an informal context.

    Also, I would say "it's time to disco" instead of "it's the time to disco."

    I'm not a teacher.

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    Re: to disco - verb?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    However, can disco be a verb, too?
    Yes!
    See https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/g...n-vs-noun.html for instance.

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    Re: to disco - verb?

    Quote Originally Posted by ymnisky View Post
    No, no, no.
    Please do not take my post as being a green light to verb any noun you want to. Even this use would be considered wrong by many people, and I used the example as something that people do too often (in my opinion).

    You can say, "I'm going to disco" just as you can say "I'm going to club" (which could be your point). No one can stop anyone from making verbs out of nouns. But don't expect that other people will necessarily accept it.

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    Re: to disco - verb?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    No, no, no.
    Please do not take my post as being a green light to verb any noun you want to. Even this use would be considered wrong by many people, and I used the example as something that people do too often (in my opinion).

    You can say, "I'm going to disco" just as you can say "I'm going to club" (which could be your point). No one can stop anyone from making verbs out of nouns. But don't expect that other people will necessarily accept it.
    Please forgive me Raymott. I was just pointing out that it was worth reading that thread to enrich the present discussion. Also I previously checked disco - Definition from the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, disco: Definition from Answers.com and Disco Definition | Definition of Disco at Dictionary.com . These three references list "disco" as an intransitive verb.

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    Re: to disco - verb?

    Quote Originally Posted by ymnisky View Post
    Please forgive me Raymott. I was just pointing out that it was worth reading that thread to enrich the present discussion. Also I previously checked disco - Definition from the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, disco: Definition from Answers.com and Disco Definition | Definition of Disco at Dictionary.com . These three references list "disco" as an intransitive verb.
    You are right. To clarify:
    You can say "I'm going discoing". You can also say "I'm going clubbing", if that is accepted in your social group.
    There is a difference in that the former is now generally accepted while the latter isn't (as far as I know).
    But 'disco' comes from 'discotheque'. "To disco", as your source states, dates only from 1979, and perhaps in ten years "to club" will have the same authenticity.

    My "no" objection was not to "to disco" as such, but to the proposition that a verb can be made out of any noun - which my post that you linked to might suggest. What I meant was: don't read too much into my linked post about verbing nouns being quite popular.

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