I do like a good cognate accusative, or internal accusative as it is also termed. I first came across the term when doing Greek at college. Those ancient Greeks liked them in their literature. The accusative case, as you may remember from your language classes, usually signifies the direct object of a verb. When you do something, that something is accusative, and in some languages the pronoun or noun changes to indicate a direct object.

The cognate accusative is where the direct object and the verb share the same root word. We fought the good fight, I dreamed a dream, she walks the walk.  He lived a life worth living. A bit over the top that last one, but you get the idea. They sound simple, direct, weighty, aphoristic. I like them a lot.

Incidentally, while we’re on the subject of linguistic quirkiness, the word ‘dreamed’ also has a variant ‘dreamt’, which is the only word in the English language ending in ‘mt’. One for you quiz aficionados to store away for safe keeping. No charge for that.

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