The race is now on to convince Ottawa and Queen's Park to write a cheque for what TTC chairman Adam Giambrone called Toronto's "No. 1 ask" for infrastructure dollars by June 27, when the order must be submitted.
"The Mayor made it very clear ... that the supply of new streetcars for Toronto is Toronto's top ask for stimulus dollars. It is critical state-of-good-repair money," Mr. Giambrone said. "We're confident that at the end of the day we will have this funding by June 27 to place this contract."
No. 1 ask? Top ask? What's wrong with the good old-fashioned word "request"? Is this nounification of the verb "ask" in common usage? If so, it must be stopped NOW!
The Columbia Guide to Standard American English has this to say about nouns-as-verbs:
These are synonymous names for nouns that have undergone functional shift to serve as verbs, as in to host a meeting, to chair the committee, and to gift your hostess. There is nothing wrong with this much-used process of functional shift, but occasionally a specific example will meet strong opposition. It is nearly impossible to predict which will pass and which will not, but if enough people persist in their objections, such uses can undergo long or even permanent proscription from Standard use.
All right, folks - its time to show this abomination some strong opposition so that "ask" as a noun undergoes "a long or even permanent proscription from Standard use."