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    skewer/stick

    Well, you can use "skewer" (as a verb) to mean you use a skewer to penetrate and hold food. You can use "stick" for toothpicks: stick a toothpick to food. But can I swap the two? I mean a toothpick (which is short) to skewer food; stick a skewer to food?

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    Re: skewer/stick

    Which food?

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    Re: skewer/stick

    You can't use a toothpick for a kebab and you can't pick your teeth with a skewer.

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    Re: skewer/stick

    Quote Originally Posted by kachibi View Post
    Well, you can use "skewer" (as a verb) to mean you use a skewer to penetrate and hold food. You can use "stick" for toothpicks: stick a toothpick to food. But can I swap the two? I mean a toothpick (which is short) to skewer food; stick a skewer to food?
    You don't stick a toothpick to food. You would need glue to do that. You stick a toothpick into some foods - gherkins, olives, small pieces of cheese, pickled onions.

    I suppose you could say "I skewered an olive with a toothpick" to mean that you stabbed a toothpick into an olive in order to pick it up and transfer it to your mouth.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: skewer/stick

    emsr2d2, thanks for your answers.

    Does your "skewer" in your second example necessarily carry the meaning of holding more than 1 thing using, as you mentioned, a toothpick? Cause I wonder if "skewer" as a verb must infer that there must be more than 1 thing on the toothpick or skewer.

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    Re: skewer/stick

    Quote Originally Posted by kachibi View Post
    emsr2d2, thanks for your answers.

    Does your "skewer" in your second example necessarily carry the meaning of holding more than 1 thing using, as you mentioned, a toothpick? Cause I wonder if "skewer" as a verb must infer that there must be more than 1 thing on the toothpick or skewer.
    As I said "I skewered an olive with a toothpick", clearly I don't think you need more than one thing on the pointy object in order to consider that you skewered it. To me, "to skewer" just means to stick a fairly long, sharp object through something.

    In order to make kebabs on a skewer, yes, you would put more than one thing on, but each individual item would be skewered.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: skewer/stick

    thanks very clear!

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