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Parkour is not a Verb
« on: March 05, 2008, 09:00:48 AM »
Just a friendly reminder..

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Re: Parkour is not a Verb
« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2008, 09:03:55 AM »
It's not a type of food either?!  :o

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Re: Parkour is not a Verb
« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2008, 11:21:30 AM »
I think that there should be a verb for parkour. Why isn't there one?

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Re: Parkour is not a Verb
« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2008, 11:34:15 AM »
Is it uncommon in english (slang) to adopt verbs from nouns, such as in the case with google (my favorite, and also the only one I can think of now, but surely there are others)? This why this doesn't surprise me a bit.

I know how it must be irritating when someone says "Let's parkour", or "I'll do some parkourring around tonight"... OK, that was pushing it.

While Parkour is not a verb, how uncommon are cases like these?
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Re: Parkour is not a Verb
« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2008, 11:59:05 AM »
Come to think of it: Football, Soccer, Karate, Ping-Pong

You don't go over your buddy's place to do some ping-ponging... that wouldn't go over so well   :o
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Re: Parkour is not a Verb
« Reply #5 on: March 05, 2008, 12:17:32 PM »
grammar is so silly sometimes.  cause we always say, im going to train parkour, or practice parkour, it sounds so formal and serious. maybe people are turned off by it because of that? they may not want to jump in on and start training hard. but we cant say play parkour, cause then they will really think we're children jumping around, then we'll get any yoyo doing you know what and calling it parkour.  we associate parkour with simple movements and those somewhat define parkour. i guess parkour doesnt define them therefore we dont use it as a verb. its weird isnt it? when people say oh you're gonna parkour that wall, it sounds fine to me and doesnt bother me. gives us an edge i think. cause they don't even know. maybe thats the appeal, its mysterious and people want to know more.

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« Reply #6 on: March 05, 2008, 12:33:36 PM »
It's part of a new language called american. we verb everything. lol.

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Re: Parkour is not a Verb
« Reply #7 on: March 05, 2008, 01:16:56 PM »
Parkour is actually a very odd word to use in sentences, I think.  "Let's do some Parkour".  That's a little strange, because of the lack of the verb form.  I've heard a lot of people use "PK" in a verb format, such as "Let's PK", or "I'm PKing".  Things like that.  I personally don't like to use "PK" as a substitute for the actual word "Parkour", for reasons I don't really know.

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Re: Parkour is not a Verb
« Reply #8 on: March 05, 2008, 02:20:49 PM »
Weird, I have never heard any one (personaly) saying "let go parkouring" it is usually "you donw for practice" or training. And VERY rarely you down for some PK?

We rarely use the word parkour unless talking about it in a conversationg. But when it comes with training, it is usually practice, jam, training.
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« Reply #9 on: March 05, 2008, 02:29:52 PM »

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Re: Parkour is not a Verb
« Reply #10 on: March 05, 2008, 05:15:24 PM »
^^That's one of my favorite Calvin and Hobbes strips ever. ;) As a linguist, I love it.

Also, as a linguist, I gave a big long nerdy explanation as to why parkour is not a verb (although in the future it could be, in English, but never in French) in this thread: http://www.americanparkour.com/smf/index.php?topic=885.0

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Re: Parkour is not a Verb
« Reply #11 on: March 05, 2008, 05:22:42 PM »
Sometimes my friends joke around, and tell me to 'parkour' stuff. Like 'go parkour that fence.' Or, 'did you just parkour me'? I don't really have a problem with improper use of parkour as a verb because of grammatical reasons, but rather for semantic reasons. What is meant by 'parkouring'? It could refer to a variety of different actions. Thats why I prefer more precise constructions.
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Re: Parkour is not a Verb
« Reply #12 on: March 05, 2008, 05:43:50 PM »
Just a friendly reminder..

I'm an ESL teacher (English as a Second Language), so it's my business ;p

Thanks for brining this up. When I first started I remember thinking that there's no reason is shouldn't be a verb, but like has already been mentioned, you don't say, "I karated," or "I balleted."

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Re: Parkour is not a Verb
« Reply #13 on: March 06, 2008, 07:34:48 AM »
I think it is easy for Americans to slip into the mistake of using parkour as a verb simply because the word is from a foreign language, and we don't have that important association with it's root as being an object/subject. Due to this, we tend to mistakenly associate it with action instead.

French people on the other hand would recognize the origin with parcours (a course, route, or circuit) giving them a strong association with parkour as a thing, not an action. Further complicating this situation is the fact that the letter "s" is silent in the French word parcours.

To help overcome the misplaced associations, you simply have to recognize the root word parcours as similar or related to the English word, course. Try also thinking of the common English phrase "par for the course", or parcourse.

par·course
–noun
an outdoor exercise track or course, esp. for joggers, equipped with a series of stations along the way where one is to stop and perform a specific exercise.

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Re: Parkour is not a Verb
« Reply #14 on: March 06, 2008, 12:00:19 PM »
It went like this one night during a jam:

"Hey, you guys want to go say hi to Manan?"

"Nah, he's doing a frat thing, I think."

"Ah. Well we can still go see him. We'll just parkour our way in, say hi, then parkour on out of there!"

Hehe. Said knowing that "parkour" is not a verb, you guys.

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Re: Parkour is not a Verb
« Reply #15 on: March 06, 2008, 03:59:18 PM »
We should just invent another word that could be the verb form of parkour.  I dislike when the word is used as well.

That should clear it up!

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« Reply #16 on: March 06, 2008, 05:39:02 PM »
I completly agree crosion but am too much of a wimp, so somebody else do it and i will second the motion.

It's part of a new language called american. we verb everything. lol.
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Sometimes my friends joke around, and tell me to 'parkour' stuff. Like 'go parkour that fence.' Or, 'did you just parkour me'? I don't really have a problem with improper use of parkour as a verb because of grammatical reasons, but rather for semantic reasons. What is meant by 'parkouring'? It could refer to a variety of different actions. Thats why I prefer more precise constructions.
So do my friends, I always correct them when they say that I am parkouring, I correct them to the point where I think that they are just messing with me, or they are idiots.


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Re: Parkour is not a Verb
« Reply #17 on: March 06, 2008, 05:43:24 PM »
I usually say "You wanna do some Parkour?"

But people see it as.. "Lets go free running!" So theyd think "Lets go Parkour/Parkouring"
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Re: Parkour is not a Verb
« Reply #18 on: March 06, 2008, 05:49:29 PM »
same with me haha at school now that like... 70% of the whole body in the school knows that i practice parkour. they say EVERYDAY!!!! " hey craig are u going parkouring after school?!?!" then i have to scream at them down the hall and correct them...
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« Reply #19 on: March 06, 2008, 06:08:13 PM »
My friends and I always said we are going to DO parkour... or do some PK. It's not that hard. ::)
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