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What constitutes a hiss is broader than you think. Compare a snake's hiss to a cat's hiss. Pretty different, right? You may think you can't hiss 'you fool' because there's no s in it, but put enough stress on the 'f' and you get what could be considered a hissing sound. Put enough stress on the 'y' in 'you' and you get something of a hissing sound. It all ...


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That is a rather odd use of the word "curate" in the verb form, as their particular usage may change what they intended the sentence to mean. I doubt that they meant to imply that the publisher has great power over the market and actively controls it, rather than merely participates and contributes to it. Also, the definitions that you found for &...


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You certainly can say "the scaffolding tumbled down", in fact that is the 'normal' way of saying it. If we say "the walls tumbled down" this is a simple statement of fact. We can also say "The train rolled along the track" and that is a simple statement of fact. If however we say "The walls came tumbling down" (as is ...


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Grammatically, this is no different from any other participle clause modifying a verb: He came carrying some plates. They ran away screaming. He went racing after the bus. Where the verb does not add anything semantically to the participle, there is no difference in meaning to just use the finite form instead of the participle: He raced after the bus. ...


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This is a case where meaning is not separate from its context (it rarely is). A word may have several dictionary definitions but sometimes we can only decide on the correct one by looking at the context. For example, "I saw wood" is ambiguous, whereas "I saw wood with my eyes" or "I saw wood with a sharp tool" both make the ...


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'Horizontal' means 'relating to the horizon', so strictly speaking whether a split is vertical or horizontal depends on its orientation relative to the ground. Or less strictly, 'horizontal' is whatever the observer considers to be left/right rather than up/down. Whether that's the long or short axis has no bearing (which is good for the OP's terminal window ...


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