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In the recent feature film The Martian, Mark Watney, played by Matt Damon, has to figure out a way to grow food on Mars when it's never been done before in order to survive until he can possibly be rescued, he says

In the face of overwhelming odds I'm only left with one option:
"I'm gonna have to science the shit out of this"

It's very clear from the context that he uses the idiom X the shit out of it to mean 'X it to an excessive degree'.

However, science is a noun but in this case is being used as a verb.

If a verb is used in the phrase, it's obvious:

Pound the shit out of this
Engineer the shit out of this
Flatten the shit out of this

Some other non-verbs that seem to work:

Orange the shit of this - (unofficial pastime at Syracuse University)
Caffeine the shit out of this - (add more than enough caffeine)

[NB: Apparently, if you can figure out a noun which does not work in verbing,
you should   IMMEDIATELY   buy a lottery ticket! ]

However, other non-verbs that don't seem to work:
>Bird the shit out of this  
Door the shit out of this  
Mud the shit out of this

Is there something special about the nouns that do work versus ones that don't?
Is there a specific name for it?

In the recent feature film The Martian, Mark Watney, played by Matt Damon, has to figure out a way to grow food on Mars when it's never been done before in order to survive, he says

In the face of overwhelming odds I'm only left with one option:
"I'm gonna have to science the shit out of this"

It's very clear from the context that he uses the idiom X the shit out of it to mean 'X it to an excessive degree'.

However, science is a noun but in this case is being used as a verb.

If a verb is used in the phrase, it's obvious:

Pound the shit out of this
Engineer the shit out of this
Flatten the shit out of this

Some other non-verbs that seem to work:

Orange the shit of this - (unofficial pastime at Syracuse University)
Caffeine the shit out of this - (add more than enough caffeine)

[NB: Apparently, if you can figure out a noun which does not work in verbing,
you should   IMMEDIATELY   buy a lottery ticket! ]

However, other non-verbs that don't seem to work:
>Bird the shit out of this  
Door the shit out of this  
Mud the shit out of this

Is there something special about the nouns that do work versus ones that don't?
Is there a specific name for it?

In the recent feature film The Martian, Mark Watney, played by Matt Damon, has to figure out a way to grow food on Mars when it's never been done before in order to survive until he can possibly be rescued, he says

In the face of overwhelming odds I'm only left with one option:
"I'm gonna have to science the shit out of this"

It's very clear from the context that he uses the idiom X the shit out of it to mean 'X it to an excessive degree'.

However, science is a noun but in this case is being used as a verb.

If a verb is used in the phrase, it's obvious:

Pound the shit out of this
Engineer the shit out of this
Flatten the shit out of this

Some other non-verbs that seem to work:

Orange the shit of this - (unofficial pastime at Syracuse University)
Caffeine the shit out of this - (add more than enough caffeine)

[NB: Apparently, if you can figure out a noun which does not work in verbing,
you should   IMMEDIATELY   buy a lottery ticket! ]

However, other non-verbs that don't seem to work:
>Bird the shit out of this  
Door the shit out of this  
Mud the shit out of this

Is there something special about the nouns that do work versus ones that don't?
Is there a specific name for it?

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In the recent feature film The Martian, Mark Watney, played by Matt Damon, has to figure out a way to grow food on Mars when it's never been done before in order to survive, he says

In the face of overwhelming odds I'm only left with one option:
"I'm gonna have to science the shit out of this"

It's very clear from the context that he uses the idiom X the shit out of it to mean 'X it to an excessive degree'.

However, science is a noun but in this case is being used as a verb.

If a verb is used in the phrase, it's obvious:

Pound the shit out of this
Engineer the shit out of this
Flatten the shit out of this

Some other non-verbs that seem to work:

Orange the shit of itthis - (colour something orangeunofficial pastime at Syracuse University)
Caffeine the shit out of itthis - (add lots ofmore than enough caffeine)

However[NB: Apparently, if you can figure out a noun which does not work in verbing, other non-verbs that don't seem to work:
you should   IMMEDIATELY   buy a lottery ticket! ]

Door the shit out of this
Mud the shit out of this


However, other non-verbs that don't seem to work:
>Bird the shit out of this  
Door the shit out of this  
Mud the shit out of this

Is there something special about the nouns that do work versus ones that don't?
Is there a specific name for it?

In the recent feature film The Martian, Mark Watney, played by Matt Damon, has to figure out a way to grow food on Mars when it's never been done before in order to survive, he says

In the face of overwhelming odds I'm only left with one option:
"I'm gonna have to science the shit out of this"

It's very clear from the context that he uses the idiom X the shit out of it to mean 'X it to an excessive degree'.

However, science is a noun but in this case is being used as a verb.

If a verb is used in the phrase, it's obvious:

Pound the shit out of this
Engineer the shit out of this
Flatten the shit out of this

Some other non-verbs that seem to work:

Orange the shit of it - (colour something orange)
Caffeine the shit out of it - (add lots of caffeine)

However, other non-verbs that don't seem to work:

Door the shit out of this
Mud the shit out of this

Is there something special about the nouns that do work versus ones that don't?
Is there a specific name for it?

In the recent feature film The Martian, Mark Watney, played by Matt Damon, has to figure out a way to grow food on Mars when it's never been done before in order to survive, he says

In the face of overwhelming odds I'm only left with one option:
"I'm gonna have to science the shit out of this"

It's very clear from the context that he uses the idiom X the shit out of it to mean 'X it to an excessive degree'.

However, science is a noun but in this case is being used as a verb.

If a verb is used in the phrase, it's obvious:

Pound the shit out of this
Engineer the shit out of this
Flatten the shit out of this

Some other non-verbs that seem to work:

Orange the shit of this - (unofficial pastime at Syracuse University)
Caffeine the shit out of this - (add more than enough caffeine)

[NB: Apparently, if you can figure out a noun which does not work in verbing,
you should   IMMEDIATELY   buy a lottery ticket! ]


However, other non-verbs that don't seem to work:
>Bird the shit out of this  
Door the shit out of this  
Mud the shit out of this

Is there something special about the nouns that do work versus ones that don't?
Is there a specific name for it?

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"(VerbNoun) the s--tsh*t out of this" — What verbsnouns work?

In the recent feature film The Martian, Mark Watney, played by Matt Damon, has to figure out a way to grow food on Mars when it's never been done before in order to survive, he says

In the face of overwhelming odds I'm only left with one option:
"I'm gonna have to science the shit out of this"

It's very clear from the context that he uses the idiom X the shit out of it to mean 'X it to an excessive degree'.

However, science is a noun but in this case is being used as a verb.

If a verb is used in the phrase, it's obvious:

Pound the shit out of this
Engineer the shit out of this
Flatten the shit out of this

Some other non-verbs that seem to work:

Orange the shit of it - (colour something orange)
Caffeine the shit out of it - (add lots of caffeine)

However, other non-verbs that don't seem to work:

BirdDoor the shit out of this
DoorMud the shit out of this

Is there something special about the nouns that do work versus ones that don't?
Is there a specific name for it?

"(Verb) the s--t out of this" — What verbs work?

In the recent feature film The Martian, Mark Watney, played by Matt Damon, has to figure out a way to grow food on Mars when it's never been done before in order to survive, he says

In the face of overwhelming odds I'm only left with one option:
I'm gonna have to science the shit out of this

It's very clear from the context that he uses the idiom X the shit out of it to mean 'X it to an excessive degree'.

However, science is a noun but in this case is being used as a verb.

If a verb is used in the phrase, it's obvious:

Pound the shit out of this
Engineer the shit out of this
Flatten the shit out of this

Some other non-verbs that seem to work:

Orange the shit of it - (colour something orange)
Caffeine the shit out of it - (add lots of caffeine)

However, other non-verbs don't seem to work:

Bird the shit out of this
Door the shit out of this

Is there something special about the nouns that do work versus ones that don't?
Is there a specific name for it?

"(Noun) the sh*t out of this" — What nouns work?

In the recent feature film The Martian, Mark Watney, played by Matt Damon, has to figure out a way to grow food on Mars when it's never been done before in order to survive, he says

In the face of overwhelming odds I'm only left with one option:
"I'm gonna have to science the shit out of this"

It's very clear from the context that he uses the idiom X the shit out of it to mean 'X it to an excessive degree'.

However, science is a noun but in this case is being used as a verb.

If a verb is used in the phrase, it's obvious:

Pound the shit out of this
Engineer the shit out of this
Flatten the shit out of this

Some other non-verbs that seem to work:

Orange the shit of it - (colour something orange)
Caffeine the shit out of it - (add lots of caffeine)

However, other non-verbs that don't seem to work:

Door the shit out of this
Mud the shit out of this

Is there something special about the nouns that do work versus ones that don't?
Is there a specific name for it?

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