I was watching a news segment tonight about the real “monuments men,” the guys who recovered the artwork looted by the Nazis in WWII. In the segment they showed a brief clip of the new movie Monuments Men that reenacted their work.
I have not seen the movie, but it does not appear to be retrospective – the movie takes place in the WWII era, or very shortly thereafter. The clip featured a line spoken by the narrator, George Clooney, that went something like this: “We were tasked with recovering the looted Nazi art.”
My brain went, “What – tasked?!?!?”
I never heard the word “task” verbified (my term) until, like, the late-1980s or afterwards. As I remember it was a corporatespeak term that yuppies invented.
Am I right?