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    Using 'come' as noun

    Hi there

    I am wondering whether it is acceptable to use 'come' as a noun in English. Take this sentence as an example:

    Bin has just confirmed his come with us.


    Many thanks

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    Re: Using 'come' as noun

    Not in that sense. Sorry. Come, as a noun, is not spelled that way.

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    Re: Using 'come' as noun

    Quote Originally Posted by jlinger View Post
    Not in that sense. Sorry. Come, as a noun, is not spelled that way.
    Yes it is.

    come n 1 semen 2 orgasm

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    Re: Using 'come' as noun

    Well, shiver me timbers. I thought it was spelled with a U. Shows you where I got my larnin'!

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    Re: Using 'come' as noun

    Quote Originally Posted by jlinger View Post
    Well, shiver me timbers. I thought it was spelled with a U. Shows you where I got my larnin'!
    yup, u larnd ur spellin on the net

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    Re: Using 'come' as noun

    But seriously, "cum" is the accepted spelling in the ejaculate sense. Perhaps one will "come" in orgasm, but the ejaculate is "cum" (noun) and to have "come" in orgasm is still a verb.

    Dictionaries are not always the best source of contemporary information.

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    Re: Using 'come' as noun

    Quote Originally Posted by jlinger View Post
    But seriously, "cum" is the accepted spelling in the ejaculate sense. In internet chat I'm sure it is, but that "cum" is not in my dictionary. Perhaps one will "come" in orgasm, but the ejaculate is "cum" (noun) That's what we're disagreeing about. and to have "come" in orgasm is still a verb. The act is a verb; the product is a noun.

    Dictionaries are not always the best source of contemporary information.
    But sometimes we adopt a more formal approach, and the initial poster did ask about "come" as a noun.
    The last word is yours, if you wish.
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    Re: Using 'come' as noun

    If we step all the way back to EnglishLover's original question, the answer is "no." The sentence should be "Bin has just confirmed his coming with us." The answer is that the noun form, the gerund, ends in -ing.

    As for the cum vs come debate, American Herigatage Dictionary says that cum is the noun, vulgar indeed, but vulgar means "common."

    In intercourse, one or both partners will come and that is undeniably a verb. The semen itself is commonly referred to as cum. Vulgar. Common. But that's the way it is. To spell it otherwise is to make the sentence less readable.

    But, I'll admit, it's still an accepted spelling of the noun (semen) so it is not wrong. And perhaps the "u" spelling is so "vulgar" that it is not really accepted in formal writing.

    But then, why on earth would you be using the word "come" or "cum" to mean "semen" in formal writing in the first place?

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