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## skipping, jumping, hopping

What are the differences between skipping, jumping and hopping?

2. ## Re: skipping, jumping, hopping

To my knowledge,

skip: one foot touches the ground
jump: both feet are off the ground
hop: both feet are off the ground

Note, for some speakers, jump rope and skip rope mean the same thing. Either both feet or one foot is off the ground.

Note, the difference between hop and jump has to do with, I believe, two factors: recursion and/or height, the relative distance between feet and ground.

Happy New Year! :smilcol:

3. ## Re: skipping, jumping, hopping

Originally Posted by Casiopea
To my knowledge,

skip: one foot touches the ground
jump: both feet are off the ground
hop: both feet are off the ground

Note, for some speakers, jump rope and skip rope mean the same thing. Either both feet or one foot is off the ground.

Note, the difference between hop and jump has to do with, I believe, two factors: recursion and/or height, the relative distance between feet and ground.

Happy New Year! :smilcol:
Another difference, in my idiolect (which I think is pretty standard, BE): hopping involves taking off and landing on the same foot. This sounds a bit like your skipping - but that uses alternate feet.

And another similarity: skip and jump can mean the same in this context: the stylus skipped/jumped a groove

b

5. ## Re: skipping, jumping, hopping

'Hop, skip and jump' is a noun meaning a short distance

6. ## Re: skipping, jumping, hopping

Originally Posted by curmudgeon
'Hop, skip and jump' is a noun meaning a short distance.
Right, they're semantically different in that noun phrase. But how are they different?

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7. ## Re: skipping, jumping, hopping

Originally Posted by Casiopea
Right, they're semantically different in that noun phrase. But how are they different?

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I don't think the semantics of the individual words come into it. The whole phrase just means 'a short distance'/'not far at all'/'a stone's throw'.

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8. ## Re: skipping, jumping, hopping

Oh,... I know. I was just moderating, Bob, just trying to keep the thread on topic.

Eway asked how skipping, jumping, and hopping differ, and I'm not quite clear on how curmudgeon's contribution on the semantically fused idiom "hop, skip, and a jump" falls into play there.
Last edited by Casiopea; 02-Jan-2007 at 15:50.

9. ## Re: skipping, jumping, hopping

Originally Posted by Casiopea
Oh,... I know. I was just moderating, Bob, just trying to keep the thread on topic.

Eway asked how skipping, jumping, and hopping differ, and I'm not quite clear on how curmudgeon's contribution on the semantically fused idiom "hop, skip, and a jump" falls into play there.
Sorry, I thought so - should've known better.

b

10. ## Re: skipping, jumping, hopping

I'd respond with something kind and sweet, but there's way too much moderator traffic on this thread already. Agh. Oh, what the hay. BobK! You're a dear, caring soul.

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