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    Given this sentence:

    The old wet slick rocks.

    (meaning: Old people put water on slippery rocks)
    (It also could be interpreted as "rocks" being a slang verb)

    Why can "slick" not be a verb? I realize it is being used as an adjective in this sentence.

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    If 'slick' were the verb, then 'wet' would be the subject. In English, the sequence is adjective + noun: old (adjective) + wet (substantive noun). As a substantive noun, 'wet' is singular in number, so 'slick' would have to agree in number with that subject. For example,

    The old, wet [guy] slicks rocks.

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    Thank you Casiopea.

    Ok, then that also explains why "slick" can be a noun and "rocks" can be a verb. But it doesn't explain why "rocks" is considered to be a slang verb.
    Any idea why ?

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    "rock(s)" is slang for excellent, oustanding; it's synonymous with "rule(s)", and "sucks" is its opposite. All are called adjective-complement verbs.

    This movie rocks.
    This movie rules.
    This movie sucks.

    Source: pseudo dictionary

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