-ify rolls on

A recent Dilbert, already posted on Language Log:


Mark Liberman posted this to comment on management styles, but there’s also the word bossification.

Derivative verbs in -ify (and related nouns in -ification) are all over the place; most of them are playful and showy — and ad hoc, short-lived. And I’ve posted about them on and off over the years, most recently in a 6/6/13 posting on adjunctification (and banlieuification, skyboxification, and enmification). Since then I’ve collected farmify:

Rooftop vegetable gardens were one thing, but the urban agricultural movement has gone a step too far. A new brand of activists want to incorporate fruit trees into the fabric of city life by turning our limited green space into woody groves filled with apples, cherries and plums.

… By so narrowly defining useful landscapes, the craze to farmify our surroundings has made it all about humans.  (Mariellé Anzelone, “Greedy Gardeners”, NYT op-ed piece 6/15/13, p. A19)

And now the Dilbert bossification.

(Note that -ify attaches promiscuously to all sorts of bases.)

2 Responses to “-ify rolls on”

  1. eric zwicky Says:

    i knew an old guy in crozet virginia who used to say something out-of-order was “ficklified”.

    i wonder if the noun of that would be “ficklifaction”.

  2. -ify again | Arnold Zwicky's Blog Says:

    […] installment, on bossification, here. Now, a double-header, with Shoreditchification and hipsterfication (plus simple verbing of […]

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