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    Timbers fell down and squished his leg. He was seriously injured. His leg festered.

    is it correct to use squished and festered?

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    There's nothing intrinsically wrong with "squish" - though squashed would be more usual.

    Festering means the flesh has become infected, gone bad and is producing pus. Is this what you meant?

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    timbers fell down and squashed his legs.

    is the sentence correct?

    I want to describe that his legs had gone really bad, which means his legs were not same as the original shape. Any word is suitable to use it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by brennan View Post
    timbers fell down and squashed his legs.

    is the sentence correct?

    I want to describe that his legs had gone really bad, which means his legs were not same as the original shape. Any word is suitable to use it?
    How about "cripple" ?

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    I find "crushed" to be more natural than "squashed" and FAR more natural and "squished."

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    Quote Originally Posted by brennan View Post
    timbers fell down and squashed his legs.

    is the sentence correct?

    I want to describe that his legs had gone really bad, which means his legs were not same as the original shape. Any word is suitable to use it?
    I agree that "crushed"is probably the best word to use.

    They were deformed/misshapen afterwards. Other words: contorted; crooked; mangled.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    I agree that "crushed"is probably the best word to use.

    They were deformed/misshapen afterwards. Other words: contorted; crooked; mangled.
    A fiercer word (though not necessarily meant in the sentence): Quashed = annulled, obliterated, "kaputted" (kaput is only an adjective, though I think it's nice as a verb).

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    thank you so much, everyone
    learnt a lot of new words from your posts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by justinwschang View Post
    A fiercer word (though not necessarily meant in the sentence): Quashed = annulled, obliterated, "kaputted" (kaput is only an adjective, though I think it's nice as a verb).

    I have never seen a quashed leg, nor indeed a quashed finger. It is not a correct usage in this context.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    I have never seen a quashed leg, nor indeed a quashed finger. It is not a correct usage in this context.
    Sorry, Anglika, I was being irreverant, pushing a bit at the holy frontiers of language, like young people like to do (what will language do without them!) though I can't put myself in that category anymore.

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