Is ‘Brunch’ a Verb? Kelly Ripa and Jimmy Kimmel Settle the Debate

06/17/2016 at 08:50 AM ET

In the modern day American lexicon, the word “brunch” has taken on a life force that is so much more than just a combination of “breakfast” and “lunch.”

It is never-ending mimosas. It is egregiously overpriced eggs. It is, to many, a verb. I was brunching so hard I didn’t even make it home in time for Dateline‘s Sunday Night Mystery, one might say.

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Well, not anymore — at least if Kelly Ripa and Jimmy Kimmel have anything to say about it. In the exclusive clip above from Ketel One, Kimmel poses the question “Is brunch noun a verb?” to Ripa, who has a strong opinion on the subject.

“Brunch is a noun,” she says. “People do use it as a verb, but it’s a noun.” Kimmel is delighted in her response, begging: “Please, if you’re doing this, folks, stop.”

In fact, they’re feel so passionately about the subject that they even created the hashtag “#BrunchIsANoun” to spread the word. Something to consider as you Instagram that artisan brioche French toast this weekend.

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You can catch Ripa’s full “3 Ridiculous Questions” segment on Friday night’s Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Shay Spence

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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Brunch is a noun. People are destroying the English language now, as well as grammar. If you doubt this, just pay attention to the speech people have on TV.

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