Tuesday, February 28, 2006


"Here's one for your TH committee meeting" a reader-acquaintance said in an e-mail. She noted on Page 2B Tuesday the Telegraph Herald caption of a picture of baseball player Juan Pierre. The caption stated that the Chicago Cubs are counting on Pierre "...to adrenalize the top of their lineup ..." The reader asked, "Is 'adrenalize' a word? A created word?"

Frankly, I thought she had caught us. Making a verb out of a noun is trend that makes grammarians cringe.

However, it turns out that adrenalize, which might have its roots in the title of a 1992 album by the rock/heavy metal band Def Leppard, is now legit.

Adrenalize shows up in Dictionary.com, which uses as its source The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition.

Use the word three times today and it's yours.

1 comment:

Greg said...

i've started using adrenalize in daily conversation. i've made many new friends as a result.