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Quick Write 120811 "xerox, google, pdf"

I had interesting conversations on Twitter tonight. Someone used a verb “xerox” as to (photo)copy, the other person suggested the verb “xerox” is rather old or almost dead citing a certain blog post. I pretty much agree with this argument. I know “xerox” means to photocopy and understand what it means in speech and writing, but I have and will never use the word myself. Their discussions reminded me of a verb “Google” as to search or look for. “Google” as a verb is quite commonly used these days, and so is in my writing and speaking. I went to "Urban Dictionay" to search for the word, and found the following example.
A: I'm really hungry.
B: Then go Google the cupboard for some ramen or something.

The verb “Google” here is used as literally to search. That’s an interesting derivative usage of Google.

Then my thoughts went into the verb “pdf” that I learned in my graduate school class recently. Dr. Beglar explained the procedures of submitting our course paper the other day, and said “I’d appreciate if you convert your MS Word file paper into PDF.” Then someone said “Okay, we pdf it.” The verb “pdf” caught my interest, so I asked Dr. Beglar like “What about its past tense? You say pdf-ed?” Then he replied “Oh, yes. ‘I pdf-ed the document.’ we say. ” Wow, I learned another colloquial English. Why don’t we use “pdf” as a verb, folks.

From Urban Dictionay
PDF: Verb- (sounds like pidiff) To turn a document into a PDF
Will you pdf this for me?

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