In Transit

Contact.  As a transitive verb, the word is vague and self-important.  Do not contact anybody; get in touch with him, or look him up, or phone him, or find him, or meet him.

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Or Facebook him!  Or Tweet at him!  Or Pin him!  Or get with the times and write “him or her”!

This one is going to have a hard time surviving.  Everyone contacts everyone now.  But the flailing glance at it in EOS at least forces us to look again at what a transitive verb is: A verb with a direct subject and object.

Two good examples:

“Brevity is the soul of wit”

“I hate the Drake”

An intransitive verb has no object:

“For those about to rock” (intransitive–rock what?)

We salute you, transitively.

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