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Late-night TV, ‘verbing’, sports-speak

By Melissa

Annabel Crabb is a self-confessed lover of a sporting competition… especially the type that you can watch on TV. In her latest Sunday Age article Popular shows spawn frankenwords she confesses to indulging in many hours of sitting on the sidelines of Le Tour, Wimbledon, World Cup, Commonwealth Games and Masterchef.

She also talks about detecting a strange morphing of language at the hands of ecstatic sports commentators, who have twisted plain old familiar nouns into hard-to-pronounce verbs. Medal winners are now ‘medalling’ or even ‘podiuming’.

Read her article to find out her beef with the language of the culinary phenomenon that is MasterChef.