A noun is a person, place, thing, or idea. This may seem simple, but there is much more to nouns than that. Nouns bring the actions that verbs represent out of abstraction and into a real world. Just who was he who did that? To whom did he do it? In what place? Using what tool? Whose tool was it? The verb may be the essential core of a sentence, but nouns are what make gossip worthwhile!