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    Default dirts

    Sorry for the following unpleasant feelings they may create?

    1. What do we call the tiny dirt discharged from the eye particularly as soon as we wake up in the morning?

    2. What do we call the tiny dirt discharged from the nose?

    3. What do we call the waxy dirt discharged from the ear?

    4. Isdischarged the proper word to describe the above situation?

    5. Are all my above writings including this one in correct structure?




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    Default Re: dirts

    1 The informal word is 'sleep'; I'm not sure of the formal one, but someone will know. PPS - Got it: 'rheum' (/ru:m/) - less common than the related adjectives 'rheumy' and 'rheumatic'

    2 Informal - 'snot'; formal - 'mucus'

    3 'Wax' or 'ear-wax' - the 'ear-' part is often not necessary (because of the context - either verbal or visual)

    4 Yes - though possibly a bit formal.

    5 All except this one! "Are these questions properly structured?" - though I think you may be interested in things other than structure. Perhaps you could ask 'Have I made/Please correct [either or both of these] any mistakes [I've made] in this post'.

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    PS 'Dirt' isn't countable; say 'sorts/kinds of dirt' or (informally) '[sticky] stuff'.
    Last edited by BobK; 29-May-2011 at 11:29. Reason: PS added

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    Default Re: dirts

    Sorry for the following unpleasant feelings they may create.
    It's not a question, Ju, so a full stop is appropriate.

    Don't think of rheum (sleep) and ear-wax as forms of dirt. They are natural secretions and harmless to others, unlike mucus and sputum.

    Rover
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 30-May-2011 at 22:57.

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