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    Dear teachers,

    I couldn't help wondering of English's peculiarities. Recently I read in IHT the article "Gay party in Berlin, nervously..". My attention wasn't attracted from the intriguing theme concerning the sexual orientation and religious affiliation
    but from the common word "stomping".Please see the following excerpt from the mentioned above article.

    "Six men whirled faster and faster in the center of the nightclub, arms along over one another's shoulders, performing a traditional circle dance popular in Turkey and the Middle East....

    Under flashing colored lights, guest, some with dreadlocks (do you know something about Rastafari movement?) and others with carefully gelled coifs, moved to songs by the likes of the Egyptian Amr Diab and the Algerian Cheb Mami. Beats from traditional drums crossed with with electronics ones, as melodies from flutes and ouds(wooden musical instrument resembling a lute) intertwined. When several circle dances - halay in Turkish - broke out at once, the floor began to shake from stomping."

    I know the meaning of the verbs stomp and stamp, as well as their interchangeability. Could you explain to me why on this place is preferred
    the usage of "stoming" instead of "stamping?"

    Thank you in advance for your efforts.

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    V.

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    When several circle dances - halay in Turkish - broke out at once, the floor began to shake from stamping."

    In my opinion and given the context, this is s imple spelling mistake.

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    Default Re: "stomping" or "stamping"

    Hi heidita,

    ich zweifele daran. Die Sache kommt mir verdachtig sengering vor.

    It's my profound conviction that there is no "a simple mistake" but a purposive choice.

    I have good reason making this statement.

    to stamp = walk heavily
    to strike the ground with the foot, as in anger or frustration
    to bring the foot quickly

    "He stamped his foot and began to cry."

    to stomp = walk heavily

    "The men stomped through the snow in their heavy boots."

    but stomp (n) = a dance involving a rhythmical stamping step

    I simply can't make out why the writer this article acted like that.

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    Default Re: "stomping" or "stamping"

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Hi heidita,

    ich zweifele daran. Die Sache kommt mir verdächtig sengering?? vor.[
    Sorry, I don't get the last word.


    I think there are lots of "simple mistakes" in writing.

    In this case I still believe in a spelling mistake. Not because stomp would not be possible...but it sounds more natural to me with stamp. Probably because I am more familiar with stamp than with stomp.


    Stomp and stamp are interchangeable in the sense “to trample” or “to tread on violently”: ..Stamp is also standard in the sense “to strike the ground with the foot, as in anger or frustration,” [to bring the foot down quickly] as in He stamped his foot and began to cry.


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    Default Re: "stomping" or "stamping"

    By the way: I found this on another page:

    When they left the stage, the floor began to shake from stomping heels and chants demanding an encore.
    So, stomping might just as well be perfectly correct and adequate.

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    Default Re: "stomping" or "stamping"

    I think the word 'stOmp' was used deliberately, since the participants were dancing. The word encompasses both the idea of dancing with a fast tempo and heavy beat, and that the dancing involves stAmping.

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    Default Re: "stomping" or "stamping"

    Stomping is a good dialectical and alternative form of stamping. It is intentional in the passage.

    Look it up under "stomp" in OneLook Dictionary Search

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    Default Re: "stomping" or "stamping"

    Hi heidita,

    Thank you for your attention and understanding.

    I owe an explanation to you for the usage of one rather seldom German word, which common people use once in a blue moon, especially when they are young and have refined manners.

    The unintelligible for you word "sengering" comes from "sengen" which means in English "singe" or "scorch" , to burn superficially , to put a plucked bird quickly over a flame to burn off the sown. There are such idioms in German as
    "die Sache riecht" = The whole thing looks fishy." or "es wird sengering" = "Things are getting hot". In this cse I used the idiomatic sense of the experssion " das ueberhitze Eisen sengt die Washe". I know this word is missing at LEO Ditionary, but there are many other Dictionaries.

    Thank you also for your second confirming post.

    By the way I satisfied my curiosity concerning the usage of the word "stomping" on the mentioned above place.

    Thank you for the admirable opportunity to recall to my mind a few German words.



    Happy New 2008 Year.



    Regards.



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    Default Re: "stomping" or "stamping"

    Hi DavidL,

    Thank you for your kind and well-behaved explanation. I can't get over yet the haughtily "Ha,Ha,Ha,aaa" in some post before... (before Christmas)

    Thank you for your timely backing.

    Regards.

    V.

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    Default Re: "stomping" or "stamping"

    Hi Anglika,

    Thank you for your categorical statement concerning the legal usage of the "stomping" as alternative form of "stamping".

    There is only in the most remotest depth of my mind hardly flickering bewilderment from the following whimsical compilation of words.

    They (gays) are stomping (or stamping) a wanton circle dance with rhythmical, heavy stamping step."

    There are too many reiteration on the one hand and there is depicted an unreality. Could you imagine yourself such dance performed from gays. I definitely couldn't.

    Thank you for the indicated link. It comes in handy.

    Regards.

    V.

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