New words emerge in our lexicon all the time. Each of us has to decide if we want to be at the leading edge of the language evolution.
As a writer and ruthless editor, I need to stay abreast of changes, but I generally prefer to wait for my most-respected sources to get on board before I adopt new usage.
The Associated Press Stylebook still considers check out the verb form to express, for example, the action of vacating and paying for a hotel room; agreeing on terms for borrowing a book from a library; looking at or examining something; or finalizing a purchase at a retail store, a grocery store — or online.
Yet when I recently was invited to join Amazon’s MYHABIT, where I can purchase designer brands at up to 60% off, the email promotion said: ContinueLike it? Share it!