We do not signup, login or checkout when we buyÂ products online. We do not startup, shutdown or backup our computers.Â The reason: these words, primarily used in computing contexts, are not verbs.
These are just some of the “bad bad verbs” featured on a site dedicated toÂ “informing people about words that are not verbs, even though people misuse them that way”. From what I can gather, this all started with loginisnotaverb.com:
Despite what many people â€” mostly in the computer field â€” think, “login” is not a verb. It’s simply not. Whether or not “login” is a word at all may spark a debate in some circles, but assuming it is then it may act as many parts of speech, but not as a verb.
And so it goes with all of these non-verbs: