Saturday, July 22, 2006

Today's Word: Notflix

I'm indebted to Claire Zulkey for introducing me to the useful term "Notflix," meaning "to send a movie back to Netflix before you've watched it." I don't yet subscribe to Netflix, but I can certainly relate to the sense of guilt and failure upon returning a DVD to the rental store before getting around to watching it -- most recently, with Capote. Oh well, reading her blog was more fun, anyway.


Blogger Language Lover said...

Cute pun, but it seems somehow incongruous that "Notflix" is a verb, whereas "Netflix" is a noun or adjective. Or is it a verb too? "I don't want to pay that much to see it in the theaters; I'll just Netflix it when it comes out on DVD." I've never heard it used that way, but I guess it works.

12:02 PM  
Blogger Martha said...

Hmmm, now you have me wondering, LL. Although I gather that some 20 percent of English verbs started out as nouns.

9:00 AM  
Blogger Martha said...

I also think Nutflix is too good NOT to be a word, though I'm not sure what it should mean.

9:00 AM  
Blogger Language Lover said...

Maybe a term for those strange cult movies that only a "nut" would like? "Oh, don't rent that, it's a Nutflix." I hesitate to give examples for fear of retaliation. :)

4:46 PM  

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