if I knew myself, I'd run away.
I love you all so much, so very much, but listen, seriously:
“Ghost” is not a verb.
“Card” is only a verb if you’re turning wool into yarn.
“Fist” is only a verb if it involves an insertion into a bodily orifice.
Any one of these is fine and dandy if it’s the innovative metaphor of one creative writer; we’ve tried to turn them into common idioms, we have failed, please let them die the death.
Whew. I feel better.
I’d argue that if people are still using them, we have, in fact, SUCCEEDED in turning them into common idioms (at least in fanfic). They just happen to be common idioms that you don’t like. Which is fine! But: Is it unclear what the writer is trying to say when they use those words? Nope. It’s pretty clear.
Write and let write, seriously.
Yeah, no. I agree with roane on this one. English is a living, evolving fucking language. We don’t have a Ministry of Trying To Prevent Our Language From Changing like the French do (no offense intended to anyone in France, I just think that it’s
sort of ridiculous to try to prevent a living language from changing). It is spoken and it is written, therefore it is CONSTANTLY CHANGING and trying to police how people use words is the most ridiculous thing I can think of.
So, yeah, no. I’ll use ghost as a verb if I want to. And I’ll use card as a verb however I please. And fist can be a verb in many occasions that aren’t really explicit porn.
So, thanks. But no. Not gonna happen. Cheers.