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"A Canberra adventurer has become Australia's first climber to summit the world's 14 highest mountains"
Summit a mountain? That is a new one to me. My OED lists summit as, unequivocably, a noun. Is this a new trend or lazy journalism?
However, my comment on the ABC page earned me a reprimand from the moderator who said that in the Macquarie dictionary (an Australian one) it can become a verb in a mountaineering context. However, my Macquarie dictionary does nothing of the sort - it firmly states that it is a noun so I am not sure which dictionary or version the moderator is using.
Headlines are allowed to break rules for the sake of brevity
It wasn't a headline ...
Even if no one uses it that way ever again, I fail to see how the example constitutes laziness. English has a rather remarkable lack of morphological barriers to creating new verbs. Why not make use of that? In this case, the meaning was clear to me immediately, and the concept seems to be of the sort for which one can reasonably expect there be a verb.
Here is one example: "In 2003 my sister and I summited Mt. Everest via the North- Northeast ridge."
In general I also have some distaste for turning nouns into verbs when perfectly serviceable verbs are already on hand. However, if speakers and writers of English find the verbalized noun useful, then the verb will take hold. And eventually the dictionaries will follow.
Ah - I see what you mean. The headline was along the same lines but the quote which I used was the first sentence of the news item.
A Canberra adventurer has become the first Australian to climb the world's 14 highest mountains.
Briefer and methinks correct. Am I wrong?
Climb doesn't necessarily mean you were successful at reaching the summit.
"A Canberra adventurer has become Australia's first climber to -------- the world's 14 highest mountains"
The place in the sentence indicated that a verb should be there, so verb it is. They COULD have used "have reached the summit of," but this is compact and brief. Saves ink and breath.
"anyone lived in a pretty how town
with up so floating many bells down. . ."
Just because we can read doesn't insure we will, alas.
Do you gift your loved-ones on their birthdays?
Do you detrain at Grand Central?
Most often, this is a question of taste. Most neologisms are the leisure suits of language, fortunately just as ephemeral as they are unattractive.
We should celebrate it and not only associate it with usages we find odd.
Verbing comes so naturally to many of us that we just do it and I would guess that most neologisms that are nothing but that are probably not new but simply un-noted.
Alexander Haig died recently. Perhaps you can recall that his verbing in the 1970's was so free that Newsweek or Time (I forget which) did an article on it. I am afraid it was not appreciated.
Regarding "summit," it is preferable to "conquer," but the sport itself seems more problematic to me than the words used to describe it. When the fossil fuel used (even when rescues are not mounted) is considered, it is every bit as irresponsible as the trophy-collecting big-game hunting of the past, imho. Don't get me wrong, climbing itself is wonderful, so long as the trip itself does not involve flying. John Muir who did it all on foot is my hero.
I almost wish you hadn't opened the 'sport' can of worms, keigu, but since you have, I must say that I've never grasped what makes something a sport. Something to do with winning or losing, perhaps? Then why not all games, including 'computer games'? Why not international banking? And what's sporting about chasing at breakneck speed around a deliberately bendy piece of road, burning fossil fuels, all so that the 'winner' can throw away an expensive beverage whose consumption before the 'race' would seriously impair his ability?