Does an elevator not elevate things?
Accelerator, extinguisher, propellor.
It could be though. It's a vague term. If there were a little elf in the car's engine who made it speed up we'd call him the "accelerator."
It doesn't need to be a person is what I was saying. Also, as Qwerdie said, what would you call a person who accelerates, extinguishes, or propels?
Then why do we call writers, sculptors, readers and teachers by what they do rather than their names?
What about reader or teacher? Objects can read or write or teach. For example, a Scantron reader and a manuel respectively read and teach.
Why not? Those objects do teach and read. I wasn't aware that making a verb into a noun was dehumanizing, regardless of context.
Yes, but the verbal forms can refer to either a person or an object, so why must the nounal forms be specific to either people or objects? If I were to say "(s)he is a cover for me," do you think that I am objectifying the person I'm talking about?
Yes but why? More importantly, should or even can we change that?
Okay, let me ask you this: do you think that similes objectify people?
it still works
one who procrastinates
one who terminates
one who murders
I don't think this is a perverted joke
Sorry to like, ruin the joke and all but according to dictionary.com:
a person or thing that elevates or raises.