Sometimes verbals don’t appear alone. They often come with modifiers or objects. These word groups are called verbal phrases.
And here’s this weekend’s stroll through Saturday-morning-cartoon memory lane.
I posted recently about mondegreens — the mishearing or misunderstanding of song lyrics or poetry. Today I’d like to talk about a similar, and similarly entertaining, linguistic error. It’s called an eggcorn, a term coined by linguist Geoffrey Pullum and Mark Lieberman in 2003.
A verbal is a word formed from a verb but used as a noun, adjective or adverb. Verbs are the one part of speech that can dress themselves up and act like other parts of speech.