@alicerae: I had hoped that #37 could be my last word on the matter, but since you insist that the dictionary entries have been misread by German speakers I fear you have to put up with one more comment from me. Hopefully we can let it rest after that ;o) .
I entered "suicide" in onelook.com and was presented with 36 dictionary references (http://www.onelook.com/?loc=pub&w=suicide
). Most of them referred to the noun, obviously. I have only copied out some of the references to verbs
• verb intentionally kill oneself. http://www.m-w.com/dictionary
6 entries found.
Main Entry: 3suicide
Inflected Form(s): sui·cid·ed; sui·cid·ing
: to commit suicide
: to put (oneself) to death http://www.wordsmyth.net/live/home.php?script...
Part of Speech intransitive verb
Inflected Forms suicided, suiciding, suicides
Definition 1. to take one's own life intentionally. http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=suic...
–verb (used without object) 4. to commit suicide.
–verb (used with object) 5. to kill (oneself).
(Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1)
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2006.)
Main Entry: 2suicide
Inflected Forms: sui·cid·ed; sui·cid·ing
: to commit suicide suicide transitive senses
: to put (oneself) to death
(Merriam-Webster's Medical Dictionary, © 2002 Merriam-Webster, Inc.)
So several other dictionaries have "suicide" as a verb
, and only one of them flagged it as "rare". I am a native speaker of both German and English, I regard myself as highly literate in both languages, and I am certainly capable of reading a dictionary and finding out whether a noun or a verb is being referred to. And I did not see that a dictionary entry was misunderstood or misconstrued by German speakers anywhere in this discussion. Most of the German speakers who participated in this discussion actually agree with you (and with me, for that matter) that non-native speakers should be prevented from saying or writing something that in modern English is bad grammar, outdated or wrong for some other reason. The only
point on which we disagree is the question whether the entry for "to suicide" should be deleted or not.