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This article is about nouniness — enjoy your reading!

In his great work, Modern English Usage, Henry Fowler referred to a “nouny abstract style.” I took that adjective nouny and turned it into the noun nouniness.

The term nouniness describes the style of many writers who, for some unknown reason, refuse to use many verb forms. Instead, they will take a verb like conclude and turn it into the noun conclusion. A nouny writer never states anything; a nouny writer makes a statement. A nouny writer never changes his style; a nouny writer makes a change in his style.

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