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    gaggle/ skein/ jumps over/groove/hummingbird/bury/toothpick/choke

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am on the right track by the interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?

    A group of geese on the ground is a gaggle, a group of geese in the air is a skein.
    gaggle = a flock of geese
    skein = a flight of wildfowl, especially geese; a flock of geese or similar birds in flight

    The sentence “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.” uses every letter of the alphabet.
    jump over = vault over, leap across

    The placement of a donkey’s eyes in its’ heads enables it to see all four feet at all times.
    at all times = continuously, without interruption

    A quarter has 19 grooves on its edge, a dime has one less groove!
    groove = indentation

    A hummingbird weights less than a penny.
    hummingbird = any of numerous New World birds of the family Trochilidae, usually very small in size and having brilliant iridescent plumage, a long slender bill, and wings capable of beating very rapidly, thereby enabling the bird to hover

    It is estimated that millions of trees in the world are accidentally planted by squirrels who bury nuts and then forget where they hid them!
    bury = to place in the ground

    A toothpick is the object most often choked on by Americans!
    toothpick = a small piece of wood or other material for removing food particles from between the teeth.
    choke = smother, block, to interfere with or stop the normal breathing of as in: “The dog choked on a bone” or “My dog was choking on a rawhide bone.”

    Thank you for your efforts.



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    Re: gaggle/ skein/ jumps over/groove/hummingbird/bury/toothpick/choke

    A hummingbird weights less than a penny.- weighs

    BTW, what governs your choices of words and phrases? You pick out some very unexpected ones- I can't recall being asked about 'skein' before.

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    Re: gaggle/ skein/ jumps over/groove/hummingbird/bury/toothpick/choke

    Funny kind of donkey you must have! Ours generally only have one head.

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