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    Tdol is offline Editor, UsingEnglish.com
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    Default Re: "What pretty oracles nature yields us on this text"

    Pocket dictionaries might not help with the meaning of plastic there- a bigger dictionary will tell you that it can mean a substance that can be molded or shaped- the original meaning of the word that is rarely used nowadays. You might need to dig around to find that clay is the material of the human body which makes sense of the adjective noble, etc.

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    Default Re: "What pretty oracles nature yields us on this text"

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Pocket dictionaries might not help with the meaning of plastic there- a bigger dictionary will tell you that it can mean a substance that can be molded or shaped- the original meaning of the word that is rarely used nowadays. You might need to dig around to find that clay is the material of the human body which makes sense of the adjective noble, etc.
    Thanks for doing my work for me. That text is a bit of an obstacle course. (And even though a linguistic obstacle course isn't going to break any legs, it can be pretty dispiriting.)

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