I needed the Urban Dictionary for help with “flanging”.
You knew my Uncle John?!
When floppy disks were invented we then needed the term “hard drives” which also needed formating, like the magnetic drums before that and even the stainless-steel magnetic tapes before that. That last takes us back to the days when all computers were called UNIVAC.
The corporation I worked for paid a $14M settlement to get rid of the jerk CEO who formed the company by an uncalled-for merger that nearly destroyed two good companies. Best investment we ever made.
Wikipedia tells me Prager’s been divorced twice. Hardly seems extreme in the 21st century.
My favorite dictionary (Amer. Herit. 4th Ed.) calls the figurative use of ‘literally’ a Usage Problem but recognizes it as a common intensifier. Intensifiers have a habit of taking on a life of their own. For example, few people now use “That’s terrific!” to mean terror-inducing. And in French an intensifier that meant something like “I stamp my foot for emphasis” turned into a grammatical rule that a negated sentence must include pas (step).
Verbing a noun and nouning a verb are part of the strength of English. Otherwise nobody could walk the walk nor talk the talk. (Although I admit to being uncomfortable about the recent spread of sentences such as “That’s a mighty big ASK”.)