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06 July 2009 @ 11:12 am
A pet peeve  
I really dislike "grow" as a transitive verb except for agricultural crops. "She grows corn and wheat" is fine; "we are growing our business" makes my brain itch.

I don't mind it as an intransitive verb. "The business is growing" sounds fine to me.
Curious Stuff: editing pencilonelargecat on July 6th, 2009 03:29 pm (UTC)
i don't like it that way either. yuck.
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on July 6th, 2009 03:48 pm (UTC)
Either which way? Transitive for crops, transitive for non-crops, or intransitive for non-crops?
Curious Stuff: applesonelargecat on July 6th, 2009 03:55 pm (UTC)
"growing a business"---the way you said you didn't like it.
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on July 6th, 2009 04:05 pm (UTC)
You know, I completely misread your first comment. I could have sworn it said, "I don't like it either way", which is why I asked for clarification.

I apologize, and blame the lack of air conditioning in my building today.
Curious Stuff: headdeskonelargecat on July 6th, 2009 04:09 pm (UTC)
np. no a/c?? OY.
The Broad Majestic Shannonms_interpret on July 6th, 2009 04:47 pm (UTC)
Heh. That's how I read it too, and it's cool in here. I have no excuse. :)
redneckgaijinredneckgaijin on July 6th, 2009 03:32 pm (UTC)
The thing is, as an intransitive verb it seems like the business is doing it all by itself: "The business grows every day, but we haven't done a single thing about it."

For transitive applications the proper verb used to be "build," i. e. "We build our business with the blood and sweat we pour into it each day." Of course, there's a bit of a flaw; the verb "build" does not have a direct correlation to "getting bigger," as follows: "We built our business from the ground up; pity it's about to go bust for lack of customers. Perhaps we shouldn't have built the World's Largest Starbucks in Muleshoe, TX."
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on July 7th, 2009 01:27 am (UTC)
By the way, thank you! I knew there had to be a better verb choice, but couldn't find one I liked. "Expanding" and "increasing" didn't work in the context I was dealing with.
amaebiamaebi on July 6th, 2009 04:39 pm (UTC)
Yeah, me too. :(
I'm a mockereusashead on July 6th, 2009 04:47 pm (UTC)
I feel the same way. Sadly, Merriam-Webster's 11th Collegiate Dictionary does not agree with us, so I can't use my authority as a copy editor to tell people that that usage is wrong and should be taken out back and put out of its misery.
browngirl on July 6th, 2009 06:25 pm (UTC)
I too would like to shrink that usage of "grow".
Miche: hand signalsmicheinnz on July 7th, 2009 10:23 am (UTC)
Remember the Gospel According to St. Calvin: "Verbing Weirds Language".