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  • Definition: To linguify a claim about things in the world is to take that claim and construct from it an entirely different claim that makes reference to the words or other linguistic items used to talk about those things, and then use the latter claim in a context where the former would be appropriate.

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  • Assuming Pullum himself studiously avoids the practice he loathes, one might say, "Pullum doesn't know the meaning of the word 'linguify.'

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  • Linguifry, Stephen.

    November 5, 2008

  • dontcry, you should buy Linguifier for Wordie Pro!

    November 5, 2008

  • I thought of the same thing, and then decided it was too weird for me to say anything.

    So... thanks! :)

    November 5, 2008

  • This word makes me think of making linguine out of other pastas.

    "Give me that rolling pin. I'm gonna linguify this spaghetti."

    November 5, 2008

  • I love this word. I own the domain names linguify.com and used to use it for a blog. I like the general, positive meaning implied by Fry. Geoffrey K. Pullum also coined the word in 2006 with a less positive, rather complicated meaning: "To linguify a claim about things in the world is to take that claim and construct from it an entirely different claim that makes reference to the words or other linguistic items used to talk about those things, and then use the latter claim in a context where the former would be appropriate."

    November 5, 2008

  • Stephen Fry: 'I am in some sort a language professional I suppose, in as much as I write and broadcast, I linguify for a living you might say.'

    November 4, 2008