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  • #96098
    vexillia
    vexillia
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    Do you:

    • Play games because you are old enough to have been taught that game is mainly a noun or an adjective not a verb?
    • Game because you also play, or played, computer games?
    • Game because that’s what all the cool kids say?
    • Game because play is what children do and you’re just a touch embarrassed?
    • Game because your wife/partner insists on using play as a gentle wind-up?

    Discuss.

    Martin Stephenson
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    #96099
    Guy Farrish
    Guy Farrish
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    I play games because I was brought up speaking British (English) English and that’s what we did. And I still do.

    #96100
    Not Connard Sage
    Not Connard Sage
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    Whatever it is I do with toy soldiers is unencumbered  by semantics.

    "I go online sometimes, but everyone's spelling is really bad. It's... depressing."

    #96101
    kyoteblue
    kyoteblue
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    I use both.

    #96105
    Mike
    Mike
    Keymaster

    Being a gamer I play games.

    #96107
    Ruarigh
    Ruarigh
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    I both play and game according to my whim, because I know that both forms have been used in English since the medieval period, even in the same sentence: c1300 Floris & Blauncheflur (Cambr.) l. 31 (MED) ‘Hi..pleide and gamenede ehc wiþ oþer’.

    Never argue with an idiot. They'll only drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.

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    #96109
    Darkest Star Games
    Darkest Star Games
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    I play games.  If I am going to go play games with my friends then I am going to game. When I play games with my friends I am gaming.

    "I saw this in a cartoon once, but I'm pretty sure I can do it..."

    #96114

    Alan Hamilton
    Participant

    I play games.

    I eat game.

    #96117
    irishserb
    irishserb
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    Darkest Star games pretty much said it for me.

    #96122
    Autodidact-O-Saurus
    Autodidact-O-Saurus
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    I play games. Just doesn’t seem correct to use it as a verb.

    Self taught, persistently behind the times, never up to date. AKA ~ jeff
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    #96125
    grizzlymc
    grizzlymc
    Participant

    I play games with toy soldiers, because I like doing it.

    #96127
    MartinR
    MartinR
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    I play games, but I might describe myself as a gamer, rather than a player of games (which is a rather fine Ian M Banks novel).

    "Mistakes in the initial deployment cannot be rectified" - Helmuth von Moltke

    #96131

    Etranger
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    I play games, but I might describe myself as a gamer, rather than a player of games (which is a rather fine Ian M Banks novel).

    Azad! Now there was a hard core games system…

    #96132

    Tony Hughes
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    Certainly ‘game’ is a verb (hence gaming) and used mainly to refer to gambling in the more recent past (e.g. a gaming club). It is one of those words that is associated with a pleasurable activity and has many meanings within that scope as noun, adjective, verb or even adverb (she sported gamely).

    English is rife with such words, why should it be a surprise. Considering what current writers do with the language, why does anybody care ?

     

     

    #96133
    vexillia
    vexillia
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    Certainly ‘game’ is a verb (hence gaming) and used mainly to refer to gambling in the more recent past (e.g. a gaming club).

    I’d just like to point out that the “gaming” in “gaming club” is not a verb as it describes the type of club.

    Martin Stephenson
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    #96135
    Mike
    Mike
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    why does anybody care ?

    Were this a wording website mayhaps I would, but it is not, so I don’t.
    Maybe I could run a poll…

    • This reply was modified 4 months, 1 week ago by Mike Mike.
    #96146
    willz
    willz
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    I would say I mainly lose games, rather than play them.

    #96147
    Ruarigh
    Ruarigh
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    Certainly ‘game’ is a verb (hence gaming) and used mainly to refer to gambling in the more recent past (e.g. a gaming club).

    I’d just like to point out that the “gaming” in “gaming club” is not a verb as it describes the type of club.

    Most people I know would refer to it as a ‘games club’ rather than a ‘gaming club’. The latter sounds a little off in my ears, or perhaps more like a gambling establishment, but I guess it’s a variant that is in use.

    Never argue with an idiot. They'll only drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.

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    #96148
    Patrice
    Patrice
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    Fascinating thread!

    http://www.argad-bzh.fr/argad/en.html
    http://argad.forumculture.net/

    #96157

    I play.  I game.  What I do or use really depends on what comes out of my brain first.  Oddly, I seem to do the same thing no matter what I call it.

    John

    "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."

    --Abraham Lincoln

    #96164
    Private Snafu
    Private Snafu
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    I go phew, phew, phew….

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    #96165
    Mike Headden
    Mike Headden
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    I play the game but game the system.

    Growing old is mandatory, growing up is entirely optional!

    #96173
    deephorse
    deephorse
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    “Play games because you are old enough to have been taught that game is mainly a noun or an adjectivenot a verb?”

    This.

    I am old, I am British, and I have no problem with telling people that I play games.

    Wargamers - successfully driving the fun out of wargaming since 1780

    #96175
    irishserb
    irishserb
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    Game – to play for stake or prize.

    #96180
    MartinR
    MartinR
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    I suspect some this is down to inevitable transatlantic misunderstandings. There seems to have been a upsurge in nouns being turned into verbs (when on earth did holiday become a verb?), so I’ll stick to playing games.

    "Mistakes in the initial deployment cannot be rectified" - Helmuth von Moltke

    #96183
    Ruarigh
    Ruarigh
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    I suspect some this is down to inevitable transatlantic misunderstandings. There seems to have been a upsurge in nouns being turned into verbs (when on earth did holiday become a verb?), so I’ll stick to playing games.

    The use of ‘game’ as a verb is not a part of this modern fashion for verbing. As I noted in my first post, ‘game’ has been a verb in English since the medieval period. It’s just that it is not that common in modern English and is mainly a regional usage now (according to the OED). What interests me is that ‘to game’ meaning ‘to manipulate a situation to one’s advantage’ is a US borrowing. I had not realised that before.

    Never argue with an idiot. They'll only drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.

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    #96194

    Tony Hughes
    Participant

    A gaming club was (and probably still is) a place where members went to gamble (or to game – as older usage would have it), totally different to a games club. I accept that this can be considered an adjective formed from the verb – not an uncommon feature of the torturous grammar of English. If described as ‘a club for gaming’ it would restore its original sense.

    Maybe this is like ‘primering’ – words made up because the one who started the trend was ignorant of even basic English and the rest followed like sheep.

     

    #96284
    Cerdic
    Cerdic
    Participant

    When game is used as a verb it is usually in a gambling context.

    I would normally HAVE a game when wargaming. Maybe I’m a bit odd?

    (according to the missus there is no maybe about it…)

    #96289
    Patrice
    Patrice
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    As a non-native English speaker I sometimes wrote “game table” in AARs (at random, with a vague feeling of incorrectness) but some answers I received suggested that “gaming table” is better.

    http://www.argad-bzh.fr/argad/en.html
    http://argad.forumculture.net/

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