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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

A New Verb is Born -- Out-green

Crossposted to Grist

From Wiktionary:


to outgreen (third-person singular simple present outgreens, present participle outgreening, simple past and past participle outgreened)

1. (transitive) To surpass in environmental activism or consciousness

I submitted this word to Wictionary after writing a review of Tom Friedman's book Hot, Flat, and Crowded where he gave the credit for it to a friend of his during breakfast.

It took the Wiktionary police a while to decide that it meets their criteria for a new word.

Check out the 2007 citation(by Biodiversivist). Note that my use of the word predated Friedman's pal's use by a year.

I may have it carved on my tombstone.

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