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    Ju is offline Senior Member
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    Red face humps and bumps, wink and twinkle

    A children's article talking about why do stars twinkle as follow.

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    Because of blankets of air. Earth is surrounded by its atmosphere - piles of thin layers or blankets of air. Starlight has to come through the atmosphere for us to see it. It travels in beams from so far away that the beams are weak by the time they get there. They run into humps and bumps in the atmosphere. The light beams move back and forth a little - and the stars seem to wink and twinkle.
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    1) What does it mean of humps and bumps ?

    2) What are the differences in meaning between wink and twinkle?


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    Default Re: humps and bumps, wink and twinkle

    1 The atmorsphere is not constant and smooth- the ligh goes up and down, not in a perfectly straight line
    2 If you wink, you shut one eye, so I assume that means the star can appear to disappear then reappear.

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    Red face Re: humps and bumps, wink and twinkle

    May I make a sentence with "humps and bumps"? Any mistake in the sentence?

    • There are a lot of people awaiting the arrival of Jackie Chan at the hall entrance. Once the entrance door has opened, everybody goes humps and bumps into the hall to catch the seat closest to the stage.

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    Default Re: humps and bumps, wink and twinkle

    This would not work. There is a phrase hugger mugger or you could say "pushed and shoved into the hall".

    "humps and bumps" - There were many humps and bumps on the dirt track road to the farm. It's not a phrase that is used to describe action.

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    Default Re: humps and bumps, wink and twinkle

    Don't worry about it....

    Humps and bumps are just a way of expressing the concept of a non-flat surface.

    The atmosphere is not constant. Things change in undefinable ways..just like the humps and bumps of an un-made-up road.

    The use of this phrase to describe going into a hall would be a bit strange though. Pushing and shoving would be a better description.

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