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Earliest Usenet uses via Google Groups:
- verbification: net.jokes - 1 Jul 1982 by uwvax (from NEWSWEEK July 5, 1982 p.24 "Why Haig Quit: Contexting It")
- Early on, Alexander Haig's persistent verbification of nouns, expropriation of compound military-bureaucratic voguisms and caveating of almost everything back-burnered the rest of his style.
- Perhaps he was fed up with all the linguistic pot-shot taking, or perhaps he conceptualized that his personal verbification program had downscended into the hopeless-cause mode.
- verbify: comp.ai - 29 Jan 1988 by Gilbert Cockton
- (though British Trade Unionese does verbify a lot)
- verbifying: comp.virus - 16 May 1990 by zmudzinski, thomas (From Federal Computer Week, 14 May 90, P.14 & 17 By ROBERT SMITHMIDFORD)
- The rest of us can still do our morphology and verbifying _off_ the witness stand.
- verbified: alt.peeves - 19 Apr 1991 by angela allen
- If all nouns can be enverbed, or verbified, then the act of verbifying a noun is verbification.
- verbifies: comp.text.sgml - 28 Jun 1991 by Ed Vielmetti
- verbify verbifies nouns into a state of submission.
- verbifications: news.future - 21 Apr 1992 by Tom Fitzgerald
- Indexing on fragments also gets you variations of words (plurals, verbifications) for free, which would otherwise require a hefty chunk of AI, for English anyway.
- verbifier: sci.engr.chem - 16 Nov 1995 by Justin D. Bukowski (sig quoting Maddy Page, defending the purity of la langue anglaise)
- Hang your burnished head in shame, you language slaughterer, you egregious verbifier of stout nouns.
- verbifiers: alt.folklore.urban - 16 Nov 1998 by Charlie Gibbs
- Now let's go out and bash those revisionists who say "mouses", along with the verbifiers who go around "inputting" data.
— Hippietrail 10:42, 25 Apr 2005 (UTC)