You can’t verb a verb

I paid a visit to the Planet Fitness website so I could transfer my membership, and I found this little error hiding out in one of the menus:

“Select” can be a verb or an adjective.  You can “select” a slice of cheesecake from a dessert tray.  You can throw a party for a “select” group of friends.  But I’m here to tell you that you can’t choose a “select” from a menu.


3 thoughts on “You can’t verb a verb

  1. Probably a typo… dropped the “ion” from “selection” would be my guess. Or, sadly, a lot of software these days is done by people for whom English is not a native language.

  2. I just checked the Encarta dictionary and guess what: ‘Select’, apart from being an adjective and verb, is also a noun defined as

    “somebody or something chosen from among others, often on the basis of high quality (often used in the plural)
    Microsoft® Encarta® 2009. © 1993-2008 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

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