I`ll Boycott If You Guillotine My Sandwich—”Derbyshired” Becomes A Verb
I am thrilled beyond measure to see my name used as a verb.
I don’t know whether it’s because Dunphy’s a neo-con, or because he fears getting Derbyshired by house censor Rich Lowry, but he pulls his punches these days.
I hope other writers will follow Nicholas Stix in this usage. If enough do so, the verb “to derbyshire” (I`d drop the capital for a less formal, more colloquial look) might come to the attention of lexicographers.
For their information, present-tense conjugation is regular: I derbyshire; you derbyshire; he, she, or it derbyshires; etc. I wouldn`t resist a touch of archaism in the participles, though: perhaps “derbyshore” for the preterite, or “derbyshiren” for the perfect.
Maybe so: but at this point in life, I`d gladly settle for seeing my name listed as a verb in some respectable dictionary.