stringed, strung

By LAWRENCE FELLOWS A violin is a stringed instrument, which means merely that it has strings. You might say a violin is strung if you’re talking about it having been fitted with strings, as must be done, sooner or later, if you are to have a stringed instrument. If the strings are wound too tight, […]

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rank, rancid

By LAWRENCE FELLOWS A cigar or a piece of cheese may be rank if it smells strong enough. The same goes for butter in some countries. For people in India, Ethiopia and some other places, butter is melted, skimmed, evaporated, strained, spiced and aged, and the stronger the smell and taste the better — up […]

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