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A Language Question For The Linguists

Post by 101Walterton » 14 Jun 2009, 5:24pm

I dont know if it is just an Australasian thing however all of the kids of my children's age use the word "verse" to mean play against (in a sporting capacity). I understand it to originate from the legal term Versus as in "The Crown versus Smith" which is its only correct usage ? although I have read that the kids may have picked it up from video games shortening this to 'Vs'.
If all of the kids are using it this way to talk about sport i.e. "who are we versing today", "who did you verse yesterday", "we versed them last week", at which point does it become correct usage.
I actually think that it sounds better to say "who are you versing" than "who are you playing against" but it does sound bad when an adult says it.

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Re: A Language Question For The Linguists

Post by Dr. Medulla » 14 Jun 2009, 5:52pm

Oy—sounds awful. And hopefully is contained by the waters that surround you.
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Re: A Language Question For The Linguists

Post by eumaas » 14 Jun 2009, 5:52pm

Well, it's already correct usage from a linguistic standpoint. From a grammarian view, it'll be incorrect until acknowledged by recognized authorities.
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Re: A Language Question For The Linguists

Post by brink » 14 Jun 2009, 6:37pm

i don't know if this adds (or subtracts) any legitimacy, but my kids here in the midwest say the same thing. and it bugs me. oh, does it bug me.

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Re: A Language Question For The Linguists

Post by Dr. Medulla » 14 Jun 2009, 6:50pm

I … I thought the oceans would protect us … :cry:
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Re: A Language Question For The Linguists

Post by Mimi » 14 Jun 2009, 7:08pm

Dr. Medulla wrote:I … I thought the oceans would protect us … :cry:
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Re: A Language Question For The Linguists

Post by 101Walterton » 14 Jun 2009, 7:29pm

Mimi wrote:
Dr. Medulla wrote:I … I thought the oceans would protect us … :cry:
International travel will be the ruination of all civilization.
I blame video games :shifty:

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Re: A Language Question For The Linguists

Post by Mimi » 14 Jun 2009, 7:35pm

101Walterton wrote:
Mimi wrote:
Dr. Medulla wrote:I … I thought the oceans would protect us … :cry:
International travel will be the ruination of all civilization.
I blame video games :shifty:
Let's blame the White Album.

No, wait, George Bush; let's blame him. :shifty:

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Re: A Language Question For The Linguists

Post by Wolter » 14 Jun 2009, 7:39pm

Mimi wrote:
101Walterton wrote:
Mimi wrote:
Dr. Medulla wrote:I … I thought the oceans would protect us … :cry:
International travel will be the ruination of all civilization.
I blame video games :shifty:
Let's blame the White Album.

No, wait, George Bush; let's blame him. :shifty:
Is it too late to blame Hitler?
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Re: A Language Question For The Linguists

Post by Mimi » 14 Jun 2009, 7:52pm

Wolter wrote:
Mimi wrote:
101Walterton wrote:
Mimi wrote:
Dr. Medulla wrote:I … I thought the oceans would protect us … :cry:
International travel will be the ruination of all civilization.
I blame video games :shifty:
Let's blame the White Album.

No, wait, George Bush; let's blame him. :shifty:
Is it too late to blame Hitler?
Never too late for that.

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Re: A Language Question For The Linguists

Post by Wolter » 14 Jun 2009, 7:54pm

Mimi wrote:
Wolter wrote:
Mimi wrote:
101Walterton wrote:
Mimi wrote: International travel will be the ruination of all civilization.
I blame video games :shifty:
Let's blame the White Album.

No, wait, George Bush; let's blame him. :shifty:
Is it too late to blame Hitler?
Never too late for that.
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Re: A Language Question For The Linguists

Post by Flex » 14 Jun 2009, 7:54pm

Cunning Linguists.
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Re: A Language Question For The Linguists

Post by Wolter » 14 Jun 2009, 7:56pm

Flex wrote:Cunning Linguists.
I'm surprised it took more than 3 responses to get to that.


Good job, IMCT.
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Re: A Language Question For The Linguists

Post by Mimi » 14 Jun 2009, 7:58pm

Wolter wrote:
Flex wrote:Cunning Linguists.
I'm surprised it took more than 3 responses to get to that.


Good job, IMCT.

Maybe because you guys are no longer teenage boys. :shifty:

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Re: A Language Question For The Linguists

Post by Wolter » 14 Jun 2009, 7:59pm

Mimi wrote:
Wolter wrote:
Flex wrote:Cunning Linguists.
I'm surprised it took more than 3 responses to get to that.


Good job, IMCT.

Maybe because you guys are no longer teenage boys. :shifty:
GIve me a few drinks...
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