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Dentonite coins phrase for experiencing the city

Dentonite coins phrase for experiencing the city

April 03
11:07 2013

H. Drew Blackburn

Senior Staff Writer

Occasionally nouns become verbs as catchy phrases and in the case of “Dentoning,” a proper noun is now a popular verb to describe hanging out in Denton..

“Dentoning” is “the experience of enjoying/discovering/exploring all that the great City of Denton, Texas has to offer.”

Seasoned Dentonite Scott Campbell writes about Denton on the Denton Record Chronicle’s community blog, where he officially coined the term in September with a dictionary style definition. He also writes about Denton on

Campbell said the blogs feature all things Denton – whether it is the 35 Denton music festival, the music scene or general happenings on the Square.

“I think what I’m going to start doing is a series,” Campbell said. “Maybe every third or fourth blog, I’ll do it just on one person. Somebody’s who has been around Denton forever and how they fit into Denton.”

Campbell has collectively lived in Denton for quite some time himself. He moved here in 1963 when he started the first grade and then graduated from UNT in 1985. Campbell said he left Denton for about 20 years before returning in 2008 because the company he worked for went out of business.

“When I first moved back I was amazed because it had changed so much from when I grew up here,” Campbell said.

Campbell said Denton has grown from the dusty little town he once knew as a child.

“There’s always tons to do,” Campbell said. “They’re starting to call it – in a lot of blogs and magazines even – the little Austin, but I think it’s got its own character and its own personality.”

However, it does not seem as though the term “Dentoning” has trickled into the UNT students’ vocabulary.

Theatre arts senior Ian Richter said he has no clue what “Dentoning” is, but enjoys the town.

“When I first lived here for a few semesters, I had grudge against Denton but it grew on me,” Richter said. “Everybody’s pretty chill here. It’s very laid back. We’re kind of like a smaller Austin.”

Kim Phillips, the director of the Denton Chamber of Commerce, wrote a post about “Dentoning” on

“I talk about Denton all the time,” Phillips said in the post. “And I passionately love Denton:  her essence, people, sense of place.”

In the post Phillips said “Dentoning” has opened her eyes when it comes to Denton.

“What I discovered is that Dentoning has depth,” Phillips said. “I have a new standard and it’s all about being a part and leaving the status of mere observer to someone else.”

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