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    Question what does "windy" mean here?

    In the article "The richest man in America, down home", I came across a sentence "And the 67-year-old discount king Sam Moore Walton still travels these windy back roads in his 1979 Ford pickup...". Could anybody tell me what "windy" means in this sentence? If it means "characterized by wind", it seems that it doesn't make sense because the road cannot be windy throughout the year. Thanks.

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    Re: what does "windy" mean here?

    Quote Originally Posted by peggydingyu View Post
    In the article "The richest man in America, down home", I came across a sentence "And the 67-year-old discount king Sam Moore Walton still travels these windy back roads in his 1979 Ford pickup...". Could anybody tell me what "windy" means in this sentence? If it means "characterized by wind", it seems that it doesn't make sense because the road cannot be windy throughout the year. Thanks.
    It is windy pronounced as in wine which refers to bendy, lots of bends in the road.

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    Re: what does "windy" mean here?

    Thank you. The problem is I cannot find this definition in the dictionary, including Dictionary.com. If it means a lot of turns, why not use "winding"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by peggydingyu View Post
    Thank you. The problem is I cannot find this definition in the dictionary, including Dictionary.com. If it means a lot of turns, why not use "winding"?
    The person who wrote it didn't know the difference. Winding is the appropriate word.

    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: what does "windy" mean here?

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    The person who wrote it didn't know the difference. Winding is the appropriate word.

    I am not a teacher.
    Yes, 'winding' is the appropriate word, but you will hear 'windy'.


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    Re: what does "windy" mean here?

    Rather like "bendy" - It was a bendy pipe that delivered the water.

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    Re: what does "windy" mean here?

    Why do you say "winding" the "correct" word?

    www.m-w.com lists "windy" as dating back to 1871 as a synonym for "winding."

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    Re: what does "windy" mean here?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Why do you say "winding" the "correct" word?

    www.m-w.com lists "windy" as dating back to 1871 as a synonym for "winding."
    Just as there are new words added to vocabulary every day, some are also dropped. I think that windy, or bendy, instead of winding and bending/bent sound immature and silly.

    We don't address each other by "thee" and "thou" today, although I am sure that they would be in a dictionary printed in 1871.

    And, I said appropriate, not correct/incorrect.

    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: what does "windy" mean here?

    Thank you all. Yes, www. m-w.com does list the "winding" meaning of windy. Do you still use "windy" to mean "winding" today?


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    Well, bendy is back in use in London - bendy buses, not bending buses.

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