I do not usually get into snits over language, but "verbing" nouns really gets up my nose. I am also a sports fan and while I recognize that verbal creativity is a joyful part of the experience (may Dr. Samuel Johnson bless Yogi Berra!), the use of "defense" as a verb is starting to get on my nerves. "Pittsburgh is going to have a tough time defensing New England and Tom Brady's arm." I must have heard this verbal use of "defense" at least 5 times during the playoffs this weekend AND I only got to watch about 15 minutes of each game!
Oh, one more: "efforting." This is, I believe a new show-biz phenomenon. I primarily hear it when listening to ESPN Radio. Dan Patrick: "Showkiller, did you get Steinbrenner on the phone yet?" Phil the Showkiller: "Not yet. I am efforting to get him." Like nails on a chalkboard.
UPDATE: Once again
Dilbert contributes to our discussion.
UPDATE #2: Ed Cook, a far better linguist than I will ever be, has commented on my rant at his blog