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Nouns vs. adjectives.
SemperBlotto is quite correct. Insidious is an adjective; you can tell because we say things like "a very insidious trap". The definition "A disguised trap or dangerous object" is for a noun: one could say that an ambush is a disguised trap, or that a knife is a dangerous object. Your claim that:
- The Hansel and Gretel example is more like a noun as it is, "Insidious Gingerbread House". The witch and her cunning is the insidious part. The gingerbread house is just an attractive house.
does not make any sense. Maybe you're misunderstanding the terminology? In "insidious gingerbread house", "insidious" is an adjective modifying the nominal "gingerbread house". Semantically the insidiousness belongs to the witch, yes, but "noun" and "adjective" are syntactic terms, not semantic ones.
—RuakhTALK 19:23, 9 August 2010 (UTC)
- Right but go back to where you found the discussion and consider the page as it was before I altered it and any way in which it can be improved. That is the point... If you can review my edit you can review the reasons I made it also... And, the witch is insidious not the house. The house is the bait not the trap and the trap is the insidious part. The insidious witch and her insidious plans. The attractive gingerbread house and it's tasty food. That makes sense. The page says that the house is insidious. What matters is the entry on the page not my skill at using the word noun or argueing, thankes. RTG 01:26, 10 August 2010 (UTC)