How I explained REST to my wife... "Ryan: Machines don't have a universal noun - that's why they suck. Every programming language, database, or other kind of system has a different way of talking about nouns. That's why the URL is so important. It let's all of these systems tell each other about each other's nouns.
Wife: But when I'm looking at a web page, I don't think of it like that.
Ryan: Nobody does. Except Fielding and handful of other people. That's why machines still suck.
Wife: What about verbs and pronouns and adjectives?
Ryan: Funny you asked because that's another big aspect of REST. Well, verbs are anyway."