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    Cool The CD keeps "skipping."

    The CD keeps skipping.

    - Is [skip] of this sense commonly used in American English? I take physical possession of six monolingual dictionaries for learners, but I can only find this use in one published by Merriam-Webster, which is an American publisher. IMHO, if it was commonly used, all the six dictionaries for learners should include it.

    - So, are there other words in American English for [skip] of this sense?

    - What is/are the British term(s) for [skip] of this sense?


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    Re: The CD keeps "skipping."

    Skipping is common here. I can think of no other word to express the same thought.

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    Re: The CD keeps "skipping."

    Quote Originally Posted by jlinger View Post
    Skipping is common here. I can think of no other word to express the same thought.
    I think the problem is that the word applies to an old technology. In the sense of a stone skipping across the surface of a lake, the needle of a gramophone, and indeed the stylus of a more modern turntable, 'skipped' - it moved violently up and down while straying across several adjacent grooves.

    The laser in a CD player doesn't do exactly the same thing; there's no physical tip (of needle or stylus) to jump up and down. But there's no better word for it (that I know of - though audio buffs who want to parade their understanding of the difference may have a new jargon word).

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