The Olympics provide excuses for many things: loud cheering, noise-making, and general tomfoolery that wouldn't be socially acceptable outside the Games.
Mess with English grammar, however, and Twitter users will have something to say about it.
Social media users, many from Great Britain, are having a fit over the habit of Olympic commentators to use nouns in place of proper verbs.
They take particular exception with the improper use of "medal":
Dear BBC, please tell your presenters that 'final' is not a sodding verb.#Rio2016— s.a.meade/author (@kestrelrising) August 7, 2016
Frustration with the use of "medal" as a verb dates back to 1966, when it appeared in a Californian newspaper, The Independent reported.
Searches for the word spiked on the online Oxford Dictionaries during the Olympics Games in 2000, 2004 and 2012.
And though it's been in use for some time, it still hasn't caught on with the Internet's grammar sticklers.
It probably shouldn't, either.
Here are some more examples of Twitter users becoming upset with the use of nouns as verbs at the Olympics:
The gymnastics commentators are using "final" as a verb. I let "medal" go, but this is a step too far. #Rio2016— Berwale The Avenger (@impotentfury) August 6, 2016
This is your quadrennial reminder that "to medal" *is* a verb. #Rio2016— Dave Turner (@mrdaveturner) August 11, 2016
(H/T: The Independent)
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