Friday, March 4, 2011

Dog or Descriptor?

A 10-year-old told me yesterday (as he was describing the personality of a different dog), that: "Rocket is amazing."

"Thank you," I replied, happy to receive any compliment about my No No Bad Dog. "What made you say that?"

"Because he's an adjective," he said. "That's amazing!"

I burst out laughing. "No, I'm serious," he continued. "I was trying to think of a way to describe that other dog and I kept thinking about Rocket and if she was like Rocket or not. Then it hit me--Rocket is an adjective. Not every dog or person can be an adjective."

"I always thought maybe he was more of a verb," I smiled.

"No, everyone already knows about the verb form," he replied straight-faced. "The adjective form didn't exist before your dog. He's one of a kind, but other dogs can be like him, which makes them a little bit or a lot Rocket."

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