Re: English idiom "Chewing Your Words" reprise thread
In the 'literary' example you quote, it would perhaps be more natural to understand the words 'without chewing your words' to mean 'speaking clearly'.
Originally Posted by David Sims
Have you any evidence at all of this use of 'chew one's words', or have you just invented it?
In writing, the narrator might chew his words by using italics, or by intentionally capitalizing the initial letters of words that are not ordinarily capitalized, to indicate that they would have been, if spoken, pronounced very carefully, as though he were speaking to a child.
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