It's like family, only weirder…

Quandries of the American English Dialect

ar·chi·tect (är’kĭ-tĕkt’)
n.

  1. One who designs and supervises the construction of buildings or other large structures.
  2. One that plans or devises: a country considered to be the chief architect of war in the Middle East.

[Latin architectus, from Greek arkhitektōn : arkhi-, archi- + tektōn, builder.]

At some point (I believe within my lifetime), the noun architect has been transmuted into a verb. Many such nouns in recent history have undergone similar grammatical phase changes. I fear a bleak future in which slothful nouns are banished in favor of their more energetic verb forms.

Excuse me while I go Google this paradigm…


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