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    #1

    spew

    Hi there,
    Is it correct to say like:

    The fire spewed dense smoke into the sky.
    tks
    pete


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    Re: spew

    Quote Originally Posted by peter123 View Post
    Hi there,
    Is it correct to say like:

    The fire spewed dense smoke into the sky.
    tks
    pete
    Yes, you could say that.

    "Spew" has strong connotations of a forcible ejection, so if the smoke is "billowing," then "spew" is not the best choice.

    "Spew" also brings up an image of forcible ejection through an opening -- the mouth, or a volcano's topmost hole, a tailpipe, etc. So it the smoke is arising from a large area (such as a forest fire), then "spew" would not be the best word.

    "Suddenly a window shattered and dense smoke spewed into the sky."

    BUT
    "The forest fire sent huge clouds of dense smoke billowing into the sky."

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    Re: spew

    I hadn't thought of that. (Must think up some concept questions.)

    b

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