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    slid, hit the rock, string of flames, throw around without letting go

    3 year old child: I'm going to play Temple Run.

    Parent: Go ahead.



    Parent: Swipe down to slide!

    Child: I'm dead.

    Parent: Yeah, because you hit your head on that, um, rock. You should have slid.



    Child: I'm dead again.

    Parent: Yeah, because you jumped right into those flames.



    Child: The gorilla caught me.

    Parent: And he's throwing you around.

    Yeah, because you hit your head on that, um, rock. - What's a better term than rock?

    You should have slid. - Slid sounds to me like it's accidental, like slipped. Is it okay to say You should have slid in this situation? Or would it be better to say You should have swiped down to slide?

    Yeah, because you jumped right into those flames. - What word other than just flames could be used that is more descriptive? String of flames perhaps?

    And he's throwing you around. - The gorilla didn't really throw the explorer. It was still holding onto him and just, well, throwing but not letting go. Do you still call that throwing around?
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    Re: slid, hit the rock, string of flames, throw around without letting go

    Quote Originally Posted by curiousmarcus View Post

    Yeah, because you hit your head on that, um, rock. - What's a better term than rock?
    It's not clear what you're referring to with 'rocks'. If you're talking about the actual rocks beside the bridge, then 'rocks' is fine, although you could also call them 'boulders'. It also looks like there are some smaller rocks on the bridge, which you could call either 'rocks' or 'stones'. If you're talking about the architectural components of the bridge which also appear to be made of stone, you could call them railings. If you're hitting you head on the overhanging door arch, then you could call that an 'arch' or 'frame'.

    Quote Originally Posted by curiousmarcus View Post
    Slid sounds to me like it's accidental, like slipped. Is it okay to say You should have slid in this situation? Or would it be better to say You should have swiped down to slide?
    Yes, 'slide' can be intentional. For example, in baseball players intentionally slide into bases.

    Quote Originally Posted by curiousmarcus View Post
    Yeah, because you jumped right into those flames. - What word other than just flames could be used that is more descriptive? String of flames perhaps?
    'Flames' is fine. I suppose you could call them a 'wall of flames' if you wanted to be dramatic.

    Quote Originally Posted by curiousmarcus View Post
    And he's throwing you around. - The gorilla didn't really throw the explorer. It was still holding onto him and just, well, throwing but not letting go. Do you still call that throwing around?
    You could say 'bashing' him around or bashing him against the wall/rocks.
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