Neither a person nor a place, this Noun—a glass toaster made in Italy by not-the-car-company Bugatti—is definitely a thing.
Bugatti Noun glass toaster. Image via Cnet.
The toaster was introduced last month at EuroCucina in Milano. Reviewed.com’s Keith Barry gushed that the Noun “puts all others to shame, and it does so with advanced technology that's never before been used on a small appliance.”
Expected price tag: about $1,000. Look for it in U.S. stores in 2015.
As for the name: no explanation given. For all I know, we may be expected to pronounce it noh-OON, a la italiana.
Parts-of-speech fans will have another opportunity to round the grammatical bases when the Verb Hotel opens in Boston this summer.
“At” the heart?
The property is a refurbished building that opened in 1959 as the Fenway Motor Lodge and most recently operated as a Howard Johnson Inn.
The Boston edition of Curbed reports that Verb will be “edgy” and “irreverent”
with 94 rooms and a DJ spinning in a lobby adorned with old Boston Phoenix covers amongst other memorabilia. However much a nod to olden days, the developers do plan to refurbish the rooms, which will go in the $200-a-night range.
Here’s how the Verb’s website explains the name:
Well, if you want to get literary about it, “Verb” describes an action, and a state of being. But we like that it came from “reverb”—a reminder of the music and attitude that’s inspired us all throughout the years.
If they liked “Reverb,” why didn’t they name it that and make a clear statement about music and “vibe”? Or how about Phoenix, with its nifty double meaning: a rebirth from the metaphorical ashes, and a partnership with the venerable alt-weekly Boston Phoenix. (Possible reason: The Phoenix is San Francisco’s own “rock-star” hotel repurposed from a mid-century motel.)
Confusingly, there already exists a Verve Hotel in Natick, 25 minutes from downtown Boston.
Unrelated but also in the news: Vurb contextual search engine.