Must be getting old.
Learnt a new word from my seven year old neighbour, Will, as he recounted a weekend backyard football match …
“It was me and Jackson versing Dad and Cain … ”
You and Jackson WHAT?
“VERSING DAD AND CAIN.”
It’s in the Macquarie …
- // (say vers)
verb (t) (versed, versing) Sport (especially in children’s language) to play against in a game or competition: who are we versing this week? [backformation from versus (understood as a verb form verses, with the infinitive verse)]
Usage: While there are those who do not regard this form as correct, it is well established among the young.
Bibliography: The Macquarie Dictionary Online © Macquarie Dictionary Publishers Pty Ltd.
No worse than Olympic commentators verbing “medal” I guess.
Anyway, the word-wise Will’s team won 7 – 5.