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Re: Complaining: leap-hop-bound

> > what is the difference between  bounding / leaping / hopping ?

A "leap" is generally a single event, e.g. leap across the gully. 
A hop is a short leap, often with both feet together, but 
suggests repitition, e.g. hop along. 
Bounding is a fluid series of leaps or long hops. 

Thus [some] crocodiles bound along or have a "bounding gallop". 

The common English term "leaps and bounds" suggests progress in 
large but not-quite-regular increments.

You can hop in place but it's very hard to leap without making 

I love English because it's a very versatile language. These 
are usage in common speech of course. 

It's surprising to hear there is no German word for "bound".

--- On Sat, 5/4/13, David Marjanovic <david.marjanovic@gmx.at> wrote:

> From: David Marjanovic <david.marjanovic@gmx.at>
> Subject: Re: Complaining
> To: "DML" <dinosaur@usc.edu>
> Date: Saturday, May 4, 2013, 1:25 PM
> > what is the difference between  bounding / leaping / hopping ?
> None. German doesn't even have a word comparable to
> "bounding". Hopping = small and repeated leaps.