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Old 09-09-2009, 09:19 PM   #1
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Is "barbecueing" a verb or a noun?

Just want to get some opinions here. I was on another forum and I made a post relating to barbecuing vs. grilling. This is a response I got:
"Not to reopen that argument (boy, have we had it before) but "barbecue" is not a verb.

Barbecue is the stuff that goes into your mouth. Grilling is one of the ways you prepare it. "

I'm just curious if this is kind of one of those "which neighborhood are you from" things, different things mean different things depending upon which area you are in.
I don't want to start anything with the other poster, I have seen that Internet battles are pretty much pointless, I want to hear what people who are the people I most respect about barbecue have for an opinion.
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Old 09-09-2009, 10:30 PM   #2
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I think it can the either a verb, or a noun. And I personally use it as both, but there is a mixed opinion:

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/barbeque Listed as both.

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/barbeque Noun only.
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Wow! BBQ and grammar in one place. We have evolved.
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Old 09-10-2009, 09:12 AM   #4
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Yeppers it one of them compound words. If you are fixing to bbq something that is a verb. If you are fixing to eat some bbq thats a noun. Grilling don't have anything to do with it unless you are slow grilling then it factored into the equation and considered the same as above. To get slow grilling to qualify as bbq there has to be a lot of space twixt the fire and the meat. I like about 3 or 4 feet personally but that can vary on the size of the fire. Little fire at a shorter distance works too. Hope this helps.

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Old 09-10-2009, 10:12 AM   #5
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You "smoke" (verb) to make barbecue (noun).
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Old 09-10-2009, 10:46 AM   #6
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It's both.
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Old 09-10-2009, 11:19 AM   #7
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what if you foil it ?
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Old 09-10-2009, 11:27 AM   #8
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It's both.
"I'm going to barbecue up some barbecue on my barbecue"

is no more correct than

"I'm going to grill up some grill on my grill"

Don't make me come up there.
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Old 09-10-2009, 03:11 PM   #9
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Actually, I think it could also be an adverb as in barbequed chicken.

Cap'n, as to you coming up here, I don't see you leaving Myrtle Beach any time soon. Especially coming to Alaska now, what with winter starting to come on.
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Man I bet he would enjoy snuggling up under some caribou blankets with guv'nor Sarah. Dont think the frigid weather would hinder that operation much. When it Springtime in Alaska its 40 below ya know? Johnny Horton said it. It got to be right. At them temps winter has got to be warmer than spring.

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