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Stems of his ears

 
 
Francis
 
Reply Mon 21 May, 2007 07:25 am
Even though it makes perfect sense to me, I would appreciate your opinion about the correctness/accurateness of this sentence :

In the drawing, they look more like there really is a muscle system in the stems of his ears....
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Letty
 
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Reply Mon 21 May, 2007 07:47 am
Francis, in the U.S. "stems" are generally referred to as the part of eye glasses that attach to the ear. I am assuming that you mean the part of the ear that is attached to the face, but I have never heard it used in that context.
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Noddy24
 
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Reply Mon 21 May, 2007 10:47 am
The ears of a Frenchman or a Bug Eyed Monster?
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patiodog
 
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Reply Mon 21 May, 2007 10:52 am
Could you give more context? What's the drawing like -- is it someone with big and possibly mobile ears, or is it, say, an anatomical drawing?
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Francis
 
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Reply Mon 21 May, 2007 11:02 am
Noddy, the latter.

Patio, here is the context:

Drawing
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farmerman
 
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Reply Mon 21 May, 2007 11:05 am
OOOOH, inconvenient place for a nutsack.
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Noddy24
 
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Reply Mon 21 May, 2007 11:42 am
Of course there are muscles in the stems of those ears. This doesn't mean that they will actually listen to us Earthlings. Undoubtedly they have their own personal and national agenda.

Edit to add:

Perhaps "stalks" is a better English word. Stalks are lots brawnier than stems.
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sozobe
 
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Reply Mon 21 May, 2007 11:58 am
Yeah, I think the main point is that these are aliens with weird ears and so standard terminology doesn't really apply.

I like "stalk," or maybe "base." "Shaft" might be a bit much.
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farmerman
 
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Reply Mon 21 May, 2007 12:10 pm
In our star system they are known as grilkins
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dlowan
 
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Reply Mon 21 May, 2007 03:51 pm
Re: Stems of his ears
Francis wrote:
Even though it makes perfect sense to me, I would appreciate your opinion about the correctness/accurateness of this sentence :

In the drawing, they look more like there really is a muscle system in the stems of his ears....


Dunno about stems, but your subject is plural, and your object singular.


"they look" vs "his ears".

Should be either "it looks" and "his ears" or "they look" and "their ears".

I think stem sounds weird.

Mebbe "base"?
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patiodog
 
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Reply Mon 21 May, 2007 04:42 pm
I'm for stalk. Eyes can be on stalks, so ears, if relevant, should be said to be on stalks, not stems. Capische?
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McTag
 
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Reply Mon 21 May, 2007 04:49 pm
I'm with the crowd on this one.

"Stem" is usually inanimate imo- the stem of a wine glass, for example.

"Stalk" is more likely to be used for an animate organ.
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Francis
 
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Reply Tue 22 May, 2007 09:48 am
Thank you all, for your friendly replies. I've a much better idea about this now.

I think you all can tell where this talk about ears stems from..

Very Happy

(Not that I feel stalked!)
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