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    Personal name used as verb

    I love you just this way, no other way, and please, please don't Freud us out of existence with any idiotic father-image nonsense. - page174, Chapter I, The Plot, Irving Wallace, New English Library, Times Mirror, 1979

    Would you please comment on the weird usage of personal name as verb here? Thanks a lot.

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    Re: Personal name used as verb

    It's used when the person concerned is either very famous and has a particular type of personality or some aspect that they are very well known for, or they are well-known to the group of people talking.

    I went to a nightclub last night and there was a guy Michael Jackson-ing it on the dance floor.
    That's quite a good painting but it would be improved if you could just Van Gogh it a bit.

    In your example, the speaker does not want someone to psycho-analyse them, especially with regard to their relationship with their father (that is what Freud was famous for).
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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