"Oh, no," I exclaimed. "Funeralize?"
Lazy me immediately checked Dictionary.com. Okay, yes, "funeralize" is an old word--1600's--meaning to conduct a funeral. But, can it be used in the passive?
I hoped not. Why not? After all, one can be eulogized, one can be buried, interred, entombed, lowered into the ground. One is dead. The only non-passive action of a dead person is to decompose.
Okay, fine, I'll get up and check my OE:
Yup. According to my bible, the OED, to funeralize means to conduct a funeral; it also means to make sad or melancholy.
Oh, you naughty TV reporters. It's not your fault. But, now that you've landed the job, could you please do your homework? Your language skills just funeralizes the hell out of me.