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    Default Re: huff and snuff and doornail

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    I want to know what "doornail" is used for. Is it an ornament attached on the doorknob for decoration or practical use?
    Did you go to the link I provided in post #2?

    Apparently not.

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    Default Re: huff and snuff and doornail

    I'm baffled completely by this version of the 3 Little Pigs. In the version I know, the phrase used over and over again is:

    I'll huff, and I'll puff, and I'll blow your house down!

    There was no sneezing involved. I think you've been reading some strange alternative version so it's hard to tell why the writer has used "huff", "snuff" and "sneeze".

    As far as a doornail is concerned, it's not used for anything more than any other nail. It's a nail used in a door or a doorframe. You hit it with a hammer until it goes all the way in and it hold the wood together. This is one.

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    Default Re: huff and snuff and doornail

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    Okay, in the story, why did the wolf huff(exhale) and snuff(sniff=inhale) before sneezing? To stop sneezing? No, not at all. The story you have is some sort of parody of the original story entitled "The Three Little Pigs". If you follow this link you can read the original in less than 5 minutes The Three Little Pigs. The wolf is the bad guy in this tale. He was there to destroy the homes of the little pigs (and eat them) and I'm almost certain he had no problems with sneezing.
    For the picture, I just happend to get it on the internet, but I want to know what "doornail" is used for. Is it an ornament attached on the doorknob for decoration or practical use? The Oxford Dictionary defines doornail as a stud set in a door for strength or as an ornament.

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    Default Re: huff and snuff and doornail

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    Can you just roughly guess why the wolf hufffed and snuffed from your stand point of view? Just a wild guess, I mean, as I have to explain to my students. hkhkhk

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    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    Can you just roughly guess why the wolf hufffed and snuffed from your stand point of view? Just a wild guess, I mean, as I have to explain to my students. hkhkhk
    The only plausible explanation I can think of is that sometimes before we sneeze, we make a series of strange little noises with our nose and sometimes our voice so maybe that's what he meant by "huff and snuff" before sneezing.

    But really - I'm just making it up. My best advice would be for your students to read the real version of 3 Little Pigs instead!

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    The only plausible explanation I can think of is that sometimes before we sneeze, we make a series of strange little noises with our nose and sometimes our voice so maybe that's what he meant by "huff and snuff" before sneezing.

    But really - I'm just making it up. My best advice would be for your students to read the real version of 3 Little Pigs instead!
    Okay, it makes sense, that's probably the reason, a physiological reason, I guess. It's related to a pre-symptom before sneezing.
    Last question, how can a plain doornail, just a long nail function as an ornament of the door? They must drill it to a door probably on the doorknob just to help fix the door firmly, and if it's fixed deep inside with just the tip seen from outside, how can it be an ornament?

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    Default Re: huff and snuff and doornail

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    Okay, it makes sense, that's probably the reason, a physiological reason, I guess. It's related to a pre-symptom before sneezing.
    Last question, how can a plain doornail, just a long nail function as an ornament of the door? They must drill it to a door probably on the doorknob just to help fix the door firmly, and if it's fixed deep inside with just the tip seen from outside, how can it be an ornament?
    Here's a very little picture of an ornamental doornail: http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:A...Y5eO5FBTXShiy1

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    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    Here's a very little picture of an ornamental doornail: http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:A...Y5eO5FBTXShiy1
    It's almost like a doorknob, do you use it to open the door as well or just for watching?

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    Default Re: huff and snuff and doornail

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    It's almost like a doorknob, do you use it to open the door as well or just for watching?
    It's not like a doorknob. A doorknob is a mechanism. It has moving parts. The doornail in the picture is just a nail. Using a nail to open and close a door, while possible, isn't a common practice.
    Last edited by birdeen's call; 07-Dec-2011 at 00:21. Reason: grammar

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    Default Re: huff and snuff and doornail

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    It's almost like a doorknob, do you use it to open the door as well or just for watching?
    No, it's nothing like a doorknob. It's a nail. The only difference between it and a "normal" nail is that has a slightly more attractive design on the round flat end. That means that once it has been hammered into the door, if the round part is flush against the door (instead of hidden in the wood) it will look nicer than a normal nail. That's what makes it "ornamental".

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