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Offline Kit

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Stupid yet serious question
« on: May 30, 2019, 03:02:18 PM »
This is to any of you who use the metric system.

If I write, "The worm inched along the ground," do you understand what I mean?  Or do I have to write, "The worm centimetered along the ground."

Sigh.

Thanks,

Kit

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Re: Stupid yet serious question
« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2019, 10:22:45 PM »
This is to any of you who use the metric system.

If I write, "The worm inched along the ground," do you understand what I mean?  Or do I have to write, "The worm centimetered along the ground."

Sigh.

Thanks,

Kit

 ;D  Your question made me think of an 'inch worm'
First Known Use of inchworm - circa 1861

The larva of any member of a large, widespread group of moths is called an inchworm. Also called loopers, inchworms move in a characteristic “inching” or “looping” gait by extending the front part of the body and bringing the rear up to meet it. Resembling twigs or leaf stems, they feed on foliage and can seriously damage or even destroy trees.
https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inchworm

I think you used  the correct term 'inched' in your sentence.

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Re: Stupid yet serious question
« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2019, 10:35:04 AM »
Thanks Jan.

Of course, that makes me think of the Inchworm song, written by Frank Loesser and first sung by Danny Kaye in the movie Hans Christian Andersen.  Here it is sung by Anne Murray.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJYdsxqRoaE

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Re: Stupid yet serious question
« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2019, 01:57:09 PM »
You Welcome Kit.  Thank you for link to the inchworm song.
While setting outside today, I got to see an inchworm, inching
its way through the grass.   

Keep writing.....best of luck to you.