The good news is, I now know what catenative verbs are...
As for the bad news, my initial amusement towards a certain title in an online paper seems to have disappeared. (see picture below)
It happens all the time, you see something *interesting, and you make a mental note... " I shall blog about that". And you do. In my case, I click the Blogger button at the bottom of my sidebar, which then takes me to the dashboard, and I proceed to create a new post and happily type into it. For this post, I needed to print screen (lovely feature, I must add) the site I was on.
You see, something about a hurricane avoiding oil rigs tickled my funny bone. Now, I've always used the word 'avoid' in the context where the act is done on purpose. You avoid someone, or you avoid going to a certain place because it gives you diarrhea. But you can't really picture a hurricane avoiding oil rigs. In my mind, it looks like a particular thunderstorm cloud, with rain pouring in sheets, moving along a crooked line avoiding all the oil rigs that are littered all over the place.
But something caught me midway... what if my usage of the word 'avoid' was inaccurate? What if you really could use it in this context? What if I was the one being silly thinking it was hilarious all by myself? So I decided to google the word avoid which then led me to... http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/avoid
So that is how I got to know what a catenative verb is, and although I have been using catenative verbs all my life (since I started talking/writing properly, anyway), this is the first time I've come across the word. What's really strange is that our dear friend, the Blogger spell check feature, refuses to identify the word catenative as a proper English word!
*Depending on who you are, and what you find interesting, of course.
PS: Yes, admittedly, this is a pointless post... (among many others), but I didn't want to leave the blog all lonesome without a July post while I was away. Yes, the weekend getaway is finally here!