The Demonisation of Denominalisation

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In the fantastic Jstor Daily article ‘Do you even language bro? Understanding why nouns become verbs.’ Chi Luu provides us with a brief history of the Internet art forms of ‘verbing’.
The opening paragraph set the tone for the article beautifully:

Ah, the topsy-turvy world of language innovation, where the lion lies down with the lamb, nouns suddenly become verbs, and “verbing weirds language.” Consider popular internet memes like “Let me librarian that for you” and “Do you even science, bro?” in which “librarian” and “science” are nouns weirdly disguised as verbs. So is this a playful new linguistic construction or is it time to roll our eyes at the internet, again?