Proper Noun, Concrete Noun, Abstract Noun, Emotive Noun, Jargon, Semantic Field, Connotation, Denotation, Synonym, Antonym, Hyponym (specific), Hypernymn (general), Noun Phrase, Collocation
What is a noun?
A noun is what fills a certain space in a sentence:
“The _________ was very big.”
“When _____ went to the _______, ______ didn’t see any _______S.
A noun phrase is a group of words that fills such a space:
“When that big fat loser went to the end of the world, he didn’t see any waterfalls or giant unicorns.
And a pronoun is a word which replaces a noun in such a space, such as he, it, she, you, etc.
The choice of noun or noun phrase varies according to the denotation and connotation of the words needed, as well as their specificity and the desired effect on the emotions or sensitivities of the reader.
Certain nouns recall for the reader the specific semantic field from which they have been taken, whilst others may be designed to befuddle the reader or make her think of other words with which that noun is normally associated, i.e. its collocations.
_____________ tells Big Issue vendor he’s ‘skint’
_______ may have just signed a £30.75million deal with _________, but Dimitar Berbatov doesn’t have ________ to spare.
___________ declined to buy ___________ last night after enjoying a ____________.
___________ told a ___________ he was ‘skint’, according to ________.
After __________, Berbatov eventually relented and borrowed some _______ from a friend.
He certainly wasn’t strapped for _______ earlier this week when he celebrated his ________________ – and ______________ – by blowing £2,500 ___________ at Selfridges in Manchester.
________ told The Sun: ‘Berbatov was like ___________. He wanted to celebrate his move – and huge pay rise – by doing some shopping.
‘Before we knew it, he had chosen _________. God knows why anyone would want 25 ___________. That’s enough for _______________________________.’
____________ is also planning to splash out on _______________, and is currently house-hunting in ___________________ after his move from London.
One of the houses he is looking at is _____________________, which was featured on _________________________.
£100k-a-week Man United striker Dimitar Berbatov tells Big Issue vendor he’s ‘skint’
He may have just signed a £30.75million deal with Manchester United, but Dimitar Berbatov doesn’t have a penny to spare.
The 27-year-old declined to buy a copy of the Big Issue last night after enjoying a plush dinner at Manchester’s San Carlo restaurant.
The former Spurs striker told a homeless vendor he was ‘skint’, according to onlookers.
After a persistent sales pitch, Berbatov eventually relented and borrowed some change from a friend.
He certainly wasn’t strapped for cash earlier this week when he celebrated his move to Old Trafford – and new £100,000-a-week pay packet – by blowing £2,500 on 25 pairs of trainers at Selfridges in Manchester.
A source told The Sun: ‘Berbatov was like a boy in a sweet shop. He wanted to celebrate his move – and huge pay rise – by doing some shopping.
‘Before we knew it, he had chosen 25 pairs. God knows why anyone would want 25 pairs of new trainers. That’s enough for two football teams, the referee and the two linesmen.’
He is also planning to splash out on a new property, and is currently house-hunting in the Manchester area after his move from London.
One of the houses he is looking at is the Cheshire mansion of Derby hard-man Robbie Savage, which was featured on the MTV show Footballers’ Cribs in 2005.
Daily Mail 9th September 2008