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terça-feira, 29 de outubro de 2013

People, peopling and peopled: The verb People.

“Whether in the Sunday paper or in a critically acclaimed graphic novel, comics have become a distinctive American art form. Comic strips, comic books, and the characters that people them, are reflections of the country’s culture from the end of the 19th century.”

Have you noticed that? I’m talking about this, say, unusual verb. Well, at least, I have never seen ‘people’ as a verb. I mean, some people are using a great deal of words - nouns especially - as verbs. It is the case of GOOGLE. Now it is not only the name of the company, but also a verb. Don’t you believe me?  Just google it.   

Reading again “Comic strips, comic books, and the characters that people them”, you will realize (if you have not already done it) that people here is a verb and not the plural form of person.

You can also use ‘peopling’ (gerund) and ‘peopled’ (past form of the verb ‘people’).


Middle English, from Anglo-French popler, poeplier, from pople

First Known Use: 15th century

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