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    need help with few words

    I'm looking for words that may be similar but have grammatical (I think) differences. If anyone can answer these for me that would be great. And I'll try my best to give the descriptons:

    1. one's handwriting is hard to understand:
    2. text or paragraph that's not/can't be understood:
    3. someone's speech not making sense (eg, drunk):
    4. somseon's talking too fast and hard to understand:
    5. someone's speaking in a foreign tongue that sounds like gibberish:
    6. someon'es speech is unclearly heard due to distance, or noises around the speaker:

    Thank you!

    NT
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    Re: need help with few words

    1. one's handwriting is hard to understand:

    Illegible, indecipherable

    Who wants to tackle No.2 ?

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    Re: need help with few words

    n2: incomprehensible

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    Re: need help with few words

    I'd use unintelligible for each of those.

    ("Being such that understanding or comprehension is difficult or impossible; incomprehensible" - The Free Dictionary)

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    Re: need help with few words

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    1. one's handwriting is hard to understand:

    Illegible, indecipherable

    Who wants to tackle No.2 ?
    Just a slice today, eh?

    I am totally joking. It's a sunny day today. Blame the weather.

    NT

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    Re: need help with few words

    Didn't want to be greedy! lol
    I love posts like this one ...and I imagine others too will want a chance to get their mental teeth into it.

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    Re: need help with few words

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I'd use unintelligible for each of those.

    ("Being such that understanding or comprehension is difficult or impossible; incomprehensible" - The Free Dictionary)
    Barb,

    Did you mean for all 5 or just the first 2?

    Thanks
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    Re: need help with few words

    I'd love to do 3)

    I'd use slurred
    as in

    Her speech was slurred but she still denied she was drunk.


    I'd also consider cryptic
    for 1.or 2.

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    Re: need help with few words

    You people are awsome, thank you so much. I can't say this enough and I say it alot here: I've learned a lot on the site. This is really fantastic!

    I have just a few more questions concerning Barb's reply in particular to using "unintelligible" for no.2 vs. "incomprehensible".

    Can one be replaced always with the other? If I want to be more specific and stress that the text is of a much higher level for the reader to understand, which would it be? Would it be just "incomprehensible"?

    And if it's because the text itself is written in a questionable fashion, would "unintelligible" apply only?

    p.s.: I've looked up the words in a dictionary

    Thank you!
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    Re: need help with few words

    Quote Originally Posted by NearThere View Post
    I'm looking for words that may be similar but have grammatical (I think) differences. If anyone can answer these for me that would be great. And I'll try my best to give the descriptons:

    1. one's handwriting is hard to understand:
    2. text or paragraph that's not/can't be understood:
    3. someone's speech not making sense (eg, drunk):
    4. somseon's talking too fast and hard to understand:
    5. someone's speaking in a foreign tongue that sounds like gibberish:
    6. someon'es speech is unclearly heard due to distance, or noises around the speaker:

    Thank you!

    NT
    Here are some choices I'd consider:

    1. Illegible
    2. Incomprehensible
    3. Slurred, or incoherent.
    4. Slurred again, or garbled (NZers are ALWAYS being accused of talking too fast through nearly shut mouths, so I have experience in this)
    5. Garbled again. Possibly yammering or jabbering. Those last two options have faintly pejorative overtones, and often refer to speech which the user understands, but considers to be nonsensical.
    6. Muffled, inaudible.

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