'A word in your shell-like' drops the noun from the original noun phrase. Are there any similar constructs?
I first encountered this from the mouth of 'Rumpole of the Bailey', and I've since seen it in lots of places. But I can't dredge up any similar constructions, where the original adjective remains ...
People use decreased activity (for example) where decrease in activity would be more literally correct. For example, reasons for my decreased activity usually refers to reasons for a decrease, not to ...
The phrase "my memories form into a mass of life" belongs to a poem. Is it a metaphor or a personification? Could it be both?