Saturday, January 3, 2009

Merge - It's an Action Word!

Many years ago, when I was in grade school, we learned that a verb was "an action word" However, we learned a verb could also be used to describe a "state of being". Advance forward in time to say 50 years, and I've finally realized how important the differences in these uses--"action" or "being".

For example, driving north or south on I15, and you get the feeling very quickly that most drivers believe that Merge is a "state of being". Most believe that they can take their sweet time and saunter onto the interestate, without any effort to reach the traffic flow speed. They seem to feel that the primary job of "merging" belongs to the driver(s) already established in the traffic flow.

Attention "state of being" drivers: Merge is an action word, it requires you do something besides lolly gag at 45 mph while the flow traffic brakes to "let you in". Get with it!. Merge, for goodness sake!