Vers­ing

Reader's Digest (India) - - React -

If the kids in your life are say­ing this they’re not us­ing the ar­chaic sense “mak­ing po­etry,” they mean “com­pet­ing against.” It de­rives from treat­ing ver­sus (Latin for “against”) as if it were a verb. While the made pass­ing ref­er­ence to it as far back as 1984, it’s only in the past few years it’s re­ally taken off, thanks to video games. If you wince slightly when you hear it, take com­fort in the fact that the kids are un­con­sciously ap­ply­ing their knowl­edge of gram­mar to come up with the right rule… just for the wrong word.

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