Proper Gerund

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Proper Gerund (multi-faceted verb-proper noun hybrid)

  1. a person's name that has become an inanimate noun, which then became a verb

Origin: Dr. Stephen T. Colbert, DFA* created the idea of the Proper Gerund without actually naming it, but he will quite soon.


*Proper Gerund™ 2008 Stephen Colbert, All Rights Reserved.


This catchphrase was coined by America's newsman, Dr. Stephen T. Colbert, DFA, anchor of the greatest news program ever, "The Colbert Report".

Used with permission, The information contained in this Dr. Stephen T. Colbert, D.F.A Official Trademarked Catch Phrase™ may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in any form without the prior written authority of Viacom.

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