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'dj' as a verb in past tense. Options
prolixitysquared
Posted: Monday, June 29, 2009 7:31:47 PM
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What is the proper way to write out the word 'dj' as a verb in past tense ?

He djed last night. ? (This looks too confusing eye-wise to me without the hyphen for clarity.)
He dj-ed last night ?

Other ideas ?
arthbard
Posted: Monday, June 29, 2009 7:54:57 PM
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I guess maybe it's a little clearer if you capitalize DJ, as in "DJed," but I'm still not crazy about that version.

TFD lists the verb forms DJ'ed, DJ'ing, and DJ's. This looks a bit like apostrophe abuse, but it may be justifiable in this case on the grounds that it's much clearer than the apostrophe-less version.
Luftmarque
Posted: Monday, June 29, 2009 7:56:44 PM

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Since it's currently non-standard, I'd go with the hyphen or apostrophe.
DJish on the other hand, is now widely accepted.
Isaac Samuel
Posted: Monday, June 29, 2009 8:03:08 PM
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Acronyms of two nouns (Disc Jockey) morphed into a verb in past tense!It will be interesting to hear other similar verbs from members.
TYSON
Posted: Tuesday, June 30, 2009 12:41:16 AM
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As it is an abbreviation, I would say "He jockyed the discs".
But then, what is the past tense of Jockey?

It's easier to just say "He played last night" Or lie and say the turntables broke and there was no music at all.
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Posted: Tuesday, June 30, 2009 9:52:23 AM
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Could it be like the verb emcee(MC). He "emceed"? So, he "deejayed"?
Christine
Posted: Tuesday, June 30, 2009 10:38:46 AM
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He "deejay ed" say this site...weird. I think it must be wrong. I first typed deejayed and this site said it was wrong with the spelling.
SeguroSeta
Posted: Tuesday, June 30, 2009 10:43:46 AM
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I virtually knew nothing about that word having a verb function. Nice one .. I don't have my two cents though on the question.
Luftmarque
Posted: Tuesday, June 30, 2009 11:05:26 AM

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TYSON wrote:
As it is an abbreviation, I would say "He jockyed the discs". But then, what is the past tense of Jockey?

It's jockeyed. But we can't break apart an idiomatic slang expression like "disc jockey" and treat it like a standard construction. Why not? I don't know and think that that's interesting. I suppose that in an idiom like this where the discs are a metaphoric stand-in for horses, the metaphor breaks down when we push it too far.
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Posted: Tuesday, June 30, 2009 12:37:48 PM
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Bongo wrote:
Could it be like the verb emcee(MC). He "emceed"? So, he "deejayed"?


I'm with you... "deejayed" is the way to go
Rhondish
Posted: Tuesday, June 30, 2009 12:41:06 PM
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valenarwen wrote:
Bongo wrote:
Could it be like the verb emcee(MC). He "emceed"? So, he "deejayed"?


I'm with you... "deejayed" is the way to go


I agree. By the way we used to say "Oakenfeld spun last night" some DJs still spin records.
valenarwen
Posted: Tuesday, June 30, 2009 12:41:33 PM
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SeguroSeta wrote:
I virtually knew nothing about that word having a verb function. Nice one .. I don't have my two cents though on the question.


You can actually make anything work as a verb in English, since the structure is always Subject+Verb+Complement... Thus, anything between the subject and the complement is understood to be the verb

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