In her comment to the "bath-ing" entry (and a subsequent email) Yasmin said that, being British, she does use the word "bath" as a verb. Curious I pulled out my Oxford American and look what I found:
The word "bath" can be a noun or a verb in Great Britain. Here's what Oxford says: "v. Brit. 1.tr. wash (esp. a person) in a bath. 2. intr. take a bath.
So in Britain "bath" can be a verb, both transitive and intransitive. However, according to my Oxford, in Britain the word "bathe" is used when referring to a swim, and this goes along with what Yasmin told me, as well.
I will, in all fairness, email my sister, Maxine, and tell her that she wasn't totally incorrect to use "bath" as a verb; she was just using it on the wrong continent! She will get a kick out of that, believe me. (Of course, it would still bug me to hear someone say "I need to bath the kids." It just sounds wrong to my ears.)
Thank you Yasmin for your input! Aren't we all learning so much?
Note: take a bath is also slang for suffering a large financial loss.
P.S. I just noticed last night that this journal made the Friday Blogplugs list in Magic Smoke. (Guido's doing, perhaps?)