Language! I plays with it. This is a small piece of writing from my novel-in-progress Hunger the Giant.
But the big man watched her not. He gazed upon the anthill. He sickled an acre in an hour. He kittened the bull that crippled Cookie. Kitty winced at his inattention; it bound her.
I know what I mean when I say “He kittened the bull that crippled Cookie,” but do you? The writer I’m working with didn’t get/like the phrase and I’m wondering if he’s right. Don’t be shy.