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    Daruma is offline Senior Member
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    Default "a wrinkled shirt" and "a rumpled shirt"

    Hello.



    1. a wrinkled shirt
    2. a rumpled shirt
    These two mean the same thing, don't they?

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    Default Re: "a wrinkled shirt" and "a rumpled shirt"

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    Hello.



    1. a wrinkled shirt
    2. a rumpled shirt
    These two mean the same thing, don't they?
    I ususally say "wrinkled". I don't know if I've ever said "rumpled". They mean the same thing. Saying "my shirt is rumpled" sounds kind of funny to me for some reason. I don't know why. It is correct, though. There's no problem with saying "my shirt is rumpled".

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    pyoung is offline Senior Member
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    Default Re: "a wrinkled shirt" and "a rumpled shirt"

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    Hello.



    1. a wrinkled shirt
    2. a rumpled shirt
    These two mean the same thing, don't they?
    Dear Daruma:

    They mean basically the same thing.

    To my ear 'rumpled' has the connotation of being creased and disordered through wear. ('He had a rumpled look after spending a sleepless night on the train.')

    'Wrinkled,' on the other hand, means creased in an untidy way.

    Also, skin can be wrinkled, but not rumpled.

    I hope this is helpful,

    Petra

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