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November 02, 2017


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Hello Nancy,
I checked on three different Italian dictionaries--there's no such a verb ("verbare") in Italian.

Giovanni: Well, "verbate" isn't in any English-language dictionaries, either, and yet here we are.

I had always assumed that "op-ed" was short for "opinion-editorial."

Dan: The op-ed page always faces the page containing unsigned editorials written by the paper 's editorial board.

@Nancy: I guess you misunderstood. I was referring to your note: "It was already a verb in Italian: the informal second-personal plural form of verbare. Verbare (v.) = to make into a verb [Italian]". This note is simply wrong. In fact, I guess you misread or totally misunderstood the tweet from @CasualConjugate--it's a joke! It's fine as long as it is a joke. It's not fine if you take that joke for serious ("It was already a verb...").

Giovanni: I understood. I should have signaled my sarcasm more clearly.

I picked up "forn" from the US government, which sometimes supplemented FOUO ("For Official Use Only," pronounced "foo-yoo") with NOFORN, which means exactly what you think it does.

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