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    intriguing question

    What is the difference betwee "shuffle" and "shamble"?
    Is there a nuance in meaning?
    Thank you very much indeed.

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    Re: intriguing question

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    What is the difference betwee "shuffle" and "shamble"?
    Is there a nuance in meaning?
    I suspect that different people will feel different things about these words, and some will feel no difference.

    For me, 'shuffle' is the walk of an older person, or someone who is weak, possibly as a result of illness or alcohol. and there is a greater suggestion that the feet are not really lifted from the ground; 'shamble' gives me the impression of lacking any precise sense of direction.

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    Re: intriguing question

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    I suspect that different people will feel different things about these words, and some will feel no difference.

    For me, 'shuffle' is the walk of an older person, or someone who is weak, possibly as a result of illness or alcohol. and there is a greater suggestion that the feet are not really lifted from the ground; 'shamble' gives me the impression of lacking any precise sense of direction.
    Can I say that "shuffle" is neutral, whereas "shamble" is a little bit disapproving?
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    Re: intriguing question


    I'm not a teacher.

    shamble (n) =
    a shuffling gait.

    shamble: Definition, Synonyms from Answers.com

    shuffle (v) = 1. confuse disorder, intermix, jumble, mix, rearrange, reorganize, shift, switch,

    2. drag, hobble, limp, scrape, scuff, scuffle

    http://www.answers.com/shuffle?afid=TBarLookup&nafid=27

    shambles(n) = chaos, confusion, disorganization, havoc, mess, muddle, wreck


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    Last edited by vil; 06-Jan-2011 at 16:17.

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    Re: intriguing question

    Quote Originally Posted by panicmonger View Post
    Can I say that "shuffle" is neutral, whereas "shamble" is a little bit disapproving?
    You can say it, but not everybody will agree with you.

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