January 28, 2018 by Petrea
Writing Wrongs: Verbing a Noun
In basic terms, a noun is a word for a person, place or thing. A verb is a word for an action (walk, talk, balk) or a way of being (as in, “I feel good,” or “The event occurred.”
Let’s have some fun with nouns that are also verbs.
Couch: He couched his motion in friendly terms. (FYI, for some reason, “sofa” is not a verb.)
Table: The committee tabled his motion.
Chair: He didn’t want to chair the meeting.
Are there other furniture ones?
Squirrel: He squirreled away his money for his college fund.
Dog: Wilma dogged my steps.
Shoe: I hired her to shoe my horse.
Dish: He can dish it out but he can’t take it.
Sock: Da guy socked me so’s I socked him back.
Book: The officer booked her on suspicion of pedantry.
Got more? Please share yours in the comments, and use them in a sentence.
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