motion, movement, move

Today’s Bizarro:

Consider for a moment how the nouns motion, movement, and move are used, and your head will soon hurt; look at the entries and cites in the OED, and things will get even worse. Each of the nouns has its own mini-syntax, occurring in specific idioms and collocations, many of them restricted to specific contexts: make a motion (in court), make a motion (towards doing something), make a movement/move on (someone), a legal motion, a dance movement, a bowel movement, a chess move, etc.


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