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Costa Discordia

23 January, 2012

And while images of holiday vessels float in our minds, let’s focus on the Costa Concordia, that luxury liner lying sideways in the Med. As a recent email from Peter Hall suggests, ‘A new verb must be SCHETTINO – to be the first to abandon ship.’

Good thinking. I reckon the idea has sea-legs. All the more when you consider a scramble of Schettion is ETHICS? NOT! Or going the full name, Francesco Schettino hides CAN SCORN CHIEF TOTES! Or maybe you can detect a better mix. Do share – the scoundrel must hide a multitude.

Or maybe treat this post as a different challenge: what other surnames in the last few decades are worthy of converting into wholesale verbs? Some early inklings from the sporting field:

STOSUR: to play well, except at home

CUMMINS: to be a world-beater, briefly

HADDIN: to trash-talk on thin ice

So what’s to Gillard? To Jobs? To Winehouse? Post your modern verbs (and meanings here). Or your Italian scrambles too, with women and children going last.

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