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    verb chopper

    "US army is choppering an Afghan national, suspected appendicitis."

    Would it be standard English to say "chopper someone" to mean "transport someone by chopper"?
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    Re: verb chopper

    It's understandable. Whether that use is in the dictionary, I can't say.

    I think you mean "appendicitis," a medical condition.

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    Re: verb chopper

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    "US army is choppering an Afgan national, suspected appendicitist."

    Would it be standart English to say "chopper someone" to mean "transport someone by chopper"?
    Chopper, of course, is a common term of military origin that refers to a helicopter, but I have never seen the term 'choppering' used and until I read your question I had no idea what it meant. Your spelling of 'appendicitis' with the "t" suffix didn't help either. In answer to your question, "to chopper someone" is certainly acceptable, but a more definitive context would be necessary lest the phrase "chopper someone" could be considered a form of mutilation.

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    Re: verb chopper

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    It's understandable. Whether that use is in the dictionary, I can't say.

    I think you mean "appendicitis," a medical condition.
    I heard it in a TV coverage about Afghanistan.I was looking it up in a dictionary. Couldn't find the definition of the verb "choper".

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    Re: verb chopper

    The fact that the US Army is the subject of the sentence helps provide the context for the verb "chopper." I would think it needs an "into" or "out," as in "they choppered him out of the area."

    I think it's more jargon than standard English.

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    Re: verb chopper

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    I heard it in a TV coverage about Afghanistan.I was looking it up in a dictionary. Couldn't find the definition of the verb "chopper".
    Chopper is listed in my Webster's.

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    Re: verb chopper

    It's used in medical dramas too (on TV). In ER, for instance, there was a helipad (a landing place for helicopters) on the roof and they would say things like "Serious injury expected in 5 minutes. They're choppering him in" to mean they are bringing him by helicopter. It would normally be followed by "in" or "out" to show the direction of travel.

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    Re: verb chopper

    How about airlift?

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