I am looking for a term that defines the impossible connection of action with abstract nouns. For example, "War on Terror" (action noun- abstract noun), or "humans consume a high rate of energy" (consume - rate).

  • Impossible connection? Aspirin often relieves pain. Impossible to explain fully, maybe. Jan 29, 2015 at 17:25
  • See Metaphor. Jan 29, 2015 at 17:53
  • I am looking for a more negative term - i.e. I feel that "humans consuming rates of something" is not a logical connection
    – Chris
    Jan 29, 2015 at 18:06
  • The word rate is used inconsistently. The expression might make more sense: consume energy at a high rate. War on Terror seems to be an inconsistent coupling of the two terms.
    – ScotM
    Jan 29, 2015 at 18:09

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1.0 Not staying the same throughout:


2 (inconsistent with) Not compatible or in keeping with:

Applying this term to the two examples:

"humans consume a high rate of energy"

Since humans don't consume rates, their is an inconsistency in the expression. This is likely a poor construction of the more consistent "humans consume energy at a high rate."

War on terror

A war on terrorists would be a clearly a consistent phrase. People execute war on other people. War on terror might be considered inconsistent unless you recognize the metaphorical use of the word war in the expression.



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