Noun + Verb = Nerb?
Tyler (@tdhurst) wondered whether there is a special name for words that can be both a noun and a verb, such as “paint” and “run.” I didn’t think so, but I wasn’t sure, so I put the question out to my Twitter friends. The Twitter favorite seems to be to make up a new word for it: “nerb.”
I don’t think “gerund” is right because it’s the name of a verb turned into a noun. For example, “acting” is a gerund that comes from the verb “to act.”
“Homograph” is close. Dictionary.com defines “homograph” as “a word of the same written form as another but of different meaning and usually origin, whether pronounced the same way or not, as bear1 “to carry; support” and bear2 ‘animal’ or lead1 ‘to conduct’ and lead2 ‘metal.'” Although technically it fits, this doesn’t strike me as what Tyler was asking about.
Here are all the answers (compiled using Twickle):
I don’t know if there is a name for words that are both a verb and noun (e.g., “paint”). @tdhurst
wants to know; can you help him?
I don’t think there is a word but I’d vote for “nerb”
Re the Verb/Noun question: I am not sure, but am really curious to know!!! please share when you get it figured out!
Many MANY words can be a noun, verb, adjective, and adverb–depending on HOW they are used in a sentence. Parts of Speech.
The word “duck” for instance.Can be verb, noun, adjective.If word is NOT in sentence, no way to know what part of speech it is.
I’d call’em fractal words. Sometimes they’re a little noun and sometimes they’re a little verb. Like “compress”…
Nerb sounds better than Voun. Nerb it is. 😉
That’s easy. A word that’s a noun and a verb is a nerb.
Homonym, right? Two words w/ same spelling & sound, but diff meaning. Compare 2 homophone-sound same/spell diff
Noun/Verb words really are not all that uncommon and I don’t recall there being a name for them.
Wouldn’t that be homonyms? I guess it doesn’t specifically say that they are just verbs and nouns though.
There is–but memory fails me (too long since grad school); google “rhetorical devices.”
Why don’t we make up one if there isn’t any – my vote is for “nerb” 😉
oh come on. Aren’t you supposed to be some sort of expert? 😉
Do you know what it’s called when two dissimilar things are compared – “I heard Pierce was mean, but I think he’s cute.”
Anthimeria: Substituting one part of speech for another, how’s that?
Don’t know, but another example is “platform.” Used by the train conductors: This first car of this train will not platform…”
Can’t find the word. Turning a verb into a noun is “nominalization.”
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