Verb form means ‘to have psycho fit;’ adjectival form means ‘fast-talking’

Verb form means ‘to have psycho fit;’ adjectival form means ‘fast-talking’

: David Weinberger joins the ever-expanding cast of bloggers on MSNBC and calls it doing a jarvis. See his good work here.

  • http://punditdrome.com Scott Ferguson

    Okay, commenters, what other famous or (in Jeff’s case) semi-famous people have had their names turned into verbs or nouns? Here’s a starter:
    boycott (Charles Boycott)
    bork (Robert Bork)
    umm … I can’t think of any others. :)

  • jeremy in NYC

    Bowdler (now “to bowdlerize); Quisling; Machiavellian; and so on.

  • http://www.tyndallreport.com Andrew Tyndall

    Turning proper names into other parts of speech is a great game.
    I like to play the Authors Game: what writers have their names turned into adjectives—Kafkaesque, Orwellian, Sadist, Rabelaisian, Homeric… Endless hours of fun.
    There is also the Places Game: what cities or towns have become verbs–after Shanghai the pickings are amazingly slim.
    As for the People Game: “Doing a Jarvis” of course is not the same as making Jarvis a verb–nor are Bowdler, Quisling or Machiavellian verbs. Boycott and Bork both count. High marks. Presumably to Jones for heroin was named after some junkie. Does anyone know who?
    There is the old joke of the British Raj: “Do you like Kipling?” “Don’t know, old man. I’ve never Kippled.”

  • http://punditdrome.com Scott Ferguson

    “Doing a Jarvis” sounds like performing some kind of 1920′s era dance.

  • http://www.tyndallreport.com Andrew Tyndall

    What about Bogart (as in a joint)?