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today's wwftd is... nouniness

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    the worthless word for the day is: nouniness [from nouny + -ness] the (excessive) use of nouns or nominal constructions; also, (Linguistics): the state or
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      the worthless word for the day is: nouniness

      [from nouny + -ness]
      the (excessive) use of nouns or nominal constructions;
      also, (Linguistics): the state or condition of being
      noun-like

      "Avoid nouniness - which Good defines as the use of
      wimpy, long-winded nouns in place of forceful verbs."
      - Success (Nexis), Aug. 1990

      nouny: having or using many nouns; noun-like

      "We are trying to define some sorting device which can
      correctly assign any natural language to the classes of
      nouny or verby languages."
      - L. Stassen, Intransitive Predication (1997)

      -tsuwm
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