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    #1

    shufffle and sultry

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    Since her mother left, Evelin's preteen shuffle has given way to a sultry stroll. Those swaying hips unsettle her grandmother.

    What does "shuffle" means?

    Shuffle: To slide (the feet) along the floor or ground while walking?

    And what does "sultry" mean?

    Sultry: Sensual; voluptuous?

    Her preteen shuffle has given way to a sensual stroll?

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    She has lost her innocent walk and started walking in a sexier manner.

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    #3
    Is it just depicting how the way of her walking changed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NewHope
    Is it just depicting how the way of her walking changed?
    Yes, and more. From shyness (i.e., preteen shuffle/pre-puberty stage) to confidence (i.e., sultry stroll/puberty stage).

    shuffle and stroll describe ways of walking. When one shuffles their feet, they are said to be shy; when one strolls, they are said to be confident. :D


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    <offensive comment about feet shuffling deleted>

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    FRC, it's a good point, though. :D What about rephrasing it? Maybe, :D

    If a person shuffles their feet, it doesn't necessarily mean that person is shy. It could have to do with physical factors, such as a bad back or the type of shoes the person is wearing (e.g., thonged sandles, slippers).


    By the way, I can relate. I live in Japan and slippers are the norm at home and at the office, especially if you are a guest. I've never been able to walk in guest slippers, especially the pleather ones (i.e., plastic-leather, fake leather). My feet slip and slide; I always seem to lose one or half-step out of the other. (There's just no toe-grip in slippers or maybe it's just me that hasn't yet figured out the Art of the toe-grip.) The best I can do to keep the pleather skippers on my feet is to shuffle from one business meeting to another. It slows me down, a lot, but I get there just the same.


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    Oh, sorry about that, I didn't mean it. Some Europeans certainly make things that look bad in Asia (or any part of the world), too. Let's delete that offensive comment then.

    FRC

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    #8
    Casiopea's reply is very cool. :)


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    #9
    When you've taken as much bashing as the French recently, political correctness looks like a pretty abstract notion. That was a dumb post that could offend people, but let's keep using "human dignity" for more serious business.

    FRC

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    #10
    Hi Francois,

    You've completely confused me (I don't mean your language confused me).
    It seems that is OT?

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