A thought on behavior and language

I’m finding it quite paradoxical this morning that the word ‘behavior’ is a noun and not a verb. Behavior is indicative of doing things, and verbs are ‘doing’ words. There’s the verb ‘to behave,’ which is to act within the parameters of social or familial expectations, but there’s no I behavior, you behavior, he/she/it behaviors…

I’m quite convinced that I am behavioring all the time.

One thought on “A thought on behavior and language

  1. James

    As a linguist I can’t help but cringe. The verb ‘behave’ does not just mean ‘to be good’, it relates to any behaviour, e.g. he was behaving suspiciously, she behaved differently from normal, they behaved well all day.



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