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Weekend Assignment: Verbing the Noun

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Thou shalt not verb nouns.

It’s a writing commandment, right?

Except…

Language lives. It’s a writhing, breathing, shape-shifting thing. In fact, playing with language, molding it, manipulating it, puts the creative into creative writing. When writers use a word in a new and unexpected way, it adds freshness to a piece. Through creative evolution, many nouns have spun their way into verbdom. A few leap immediately to mind: “spoon,” “clock,” and “ghost,” for example.

So, this weekend, we’re going to verb nouns. Your assignment is to take one or more nouns and use them as verbs in your writing. You may change the tense of your new verb to fit the sentence. Be playful and  creative. If you’re stumped, here are a few nouns to experiment with:

Horoscope
Frog
Beak
Logic
Cliché

And last, but not least, an example:

The future horoscoped ahead of her in a steady stream of ill fortune and unlikely coincidences.

The Show and Tell Challenge

Step right up and take the B&B Show and Tell Challenge! Here’s how: simply write your response to this assignment, post it on your blog, then come back and leave a link to your post in the comments. It’s that simple!

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