Ugh, The Verbing Subjectized, Verbeeized!

Hello Blogosphere,

This is my short rant on two words that drive me nuts and often make fairly educated people sound stupid.

It reads, “- Produce well architected, efficient SQL within a complex data model. Demonstrate ability to troubleshoot database performance problems in applications written in ADO.NET, and VB.NET using SQL as the backend for data access.

I’m not sure if I should even be very judgemental about someone using the faux word “architected” or “architect” as if it where a verb.  It just drives me nuts though and I’m no grammar Nazi.  It’s just like the other faux word “irregardless”.

For some context, that these words usually imply a lack of English acumen, please read on. has the faux word “irregardless” defined.  But what does it have written about this word?

“Irregardless is considered nonstandard because of the two negative elements ir- and -less. It was probably formed on the analogy of such words as irrespective, irrelevant, and irreparable. Those who use it, including on occasion educated speakers, may do so from a desire to add emphasis. Irregardless first appeared in the early 20th century and was perhaps popularized by its use in a comic radio program of the 1930s.”

So now we know, it is not a word.  Public speakers use it to show emphasis?  I know enough people that laugh, chuckle, and sometimes outright point out the problem with the word to public speakers.  So how about you public speakers up the ante a bit and stop using faux words!

For the faux word “architected”, just think of it like this.  One would not “architect” a “architecture”.  This is exactly how it is being used.  So the next time you’re slaughtering and beating the poor word architect by forcing into verb usage, think about what architecture you might be building and ask yourself why you’re picking on the poor architect.

So the next time one is writing, try to think through real word usage.  We humans have enough communication issues as it is, we don’t need extra help by overloading word usage even more than it already is.