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.