February 13, 2012
couch (verb)
\KOUCH\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : to lie down for rest or sleep2 : to place or hold level and pointed forward ready for use3 : to phrase in a specified manner
How do you use it?
The student council received a letter about how to encourage bike licensing, but the procedure was couched in so much jargon and gobbledygook that no one understood what to do.
Are you a word wiz?

As you can see, there is a verb "couch" as well as a noun "couch." Which of these words does NOT function as both a noun and a verb?

You are probably more familiar with the noun "couch," meaning a piece of furniture, than with the verb "couch." But in English, words sometimes function as nouns and verbs, and a number of them are words for furniture. For example, you can set a book on a table. But if you "table" a request or a motion, you remove it from consideration indefinitely. You can sit in a chair, or you can "chair" a meeting, meaning to preside over it as chairperson. And you can look in a mirror, or you can "mirror," or resemble, someone else. The one answer that doesn't follow this pattern is B, "desk."
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