Is this excerpt from Yahoo! Style part of an elaborate ruse? Is the perpetrator trying to trick us into thinking she’s a professional writer with the vocabulary of a college graduate?
It’s hard to tell. The use of rouse as a noun (it’s really a verb) tipped me off: Perhaps the writer is still learning English. I suspect she meant ruse instead of rouse. But that makes no sense since a ruse is a cunning plan meant to deceive. And standing outside a house isn’t exactly a ruse, unless they were disguised as shrubbery. That would be a ruse.