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    smudge of putty

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    A teacher is looking at a group of people and is thinking to herself how they look like.

    With a single exception, they bore an almost family resemblance
    to one another; flaxen hair, blue eyes, clear, fresh
    complexions, and features slightly rugged, lacking the
    blurred, boneless look associated with the faces of the
    very young. Even the weeping infant had a nose, not a
    smudge of putty.

    Does "putty" here mean: a soft whitish substance that becomes hard when it dries and that is used to fix glass into window frames.

    So that little child had a nose already and not a speck made with a putty, right?

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    Re: smudge of putty

    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    Does "putty" here mean: a soft whitish substance that becomes hard when it dries and that is used to fix glass into window frames.

    So that little child had a nose already and not (something that looked like) a speck of putty, right?
    Yes

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    Re: smudge of putty

    Just to elaborate a bit, when a baby is born he comes equiped with a tiny, very pliable nasal bone (it helps him pass through the birth canal). As a result, most very young infants don't have a traditional "nose", but more of a little bump with two nostrils.
    Last edited by Ouisch; 20-May-2011 at 21:43.

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