Login Is Not a Verb

We do not signup, login or check­out when we buy products online. We do not star­tup, shut­down or backup our computers. 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 to “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 — mostly in the com­puter field — 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:

  • backup
  • carry­out
  • check­out
  • cutover
  • cutoff
  • fail­over
  • login
  • logoff
  • logon
  • logout
  • lock­down
  • pickup
  • setup
  • shut­down
  • shutoff
  • signin
  • signoff
  • signout
  • signup
  • star­tup

Of course, there’s the MeFi and HN threads to accom­pany your read­ing.

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