Tall nose?

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Hi,

Is it OK to say for ex "She has a pretty tall nose" or there is another word to describe a nose?

Thanks
New Member31
Tall is used rarely in such contexts. Neither is high. Long, pointed, big, huge, are more frequent.

It seems however to have been used in "Harry Potter", but I'm not sure:
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Almeta has straight, electric black hair and tilted dark eyes. She has
a tall nose and high cheekbones, with skin pale from lack of
sun. Above average in height, she is bone skinny. Though not pretty,
Almeta has unique facial structures that make her stand out--and give
her the ability to blend right into the crowd. Almeta is of Italian
ancestry.

http://tinyurl.com/z4yqa
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I am not sure if the person assembling this "Harry Potter" character database has really used the original words of the author. It might be simply a character invented by a fan, and not by the author.

Others may want to comment on that.
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Got it, thanks for your quick respond, Marius.
Salam 1101
Hi,

Is it OK to say for ex "She has a pretty tall nose" or there is another word to describe a nose?

Unfortunately for her yes.Emotion: smile You do not say a big or long nose if you want to be more polite, you say a tall nose. It is to avoid being completely rude.
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Hi guys,

You do not say a big or long nose if you want to be more polite, you say a tall nose. It is to avoid being completely rude. I'm afraid I disagree. You don't say that. If politeness is a concern, you would simply not comment on somone's nose at all.

Best wishes, Clive
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Clive
You do not say a big or long nose if you want to be more polite, you say a tall nose. It is to avoid being completely rude. I'm afraid I disagree. You don't say that. If politeness is a concern, you would simply not comment on somone's nose at all.

No, it is when you speak about your own nose, like, you know: "Yesterday in my office, they had a comment on my ... nose." You say "Yesterday in my office, they had a comment on my tallnose." to avoid being completely embarrassed.Emotion: big smile
hah! I agree comments about personal appearance are generally rude.

However, I'm pretty sure I've seen "tall nose" to describe a desirable physical trait... meaning a nose is straight as opposed to stubby or bulbous.... a patrician nose.
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Hi,

I still disagree. It's an unnatural thing to say in any circumstances. In the situation you are speaking of, I'd simply say 'they had a comment on my nose'. Your wording strongly suggests that you have actually heard someone describing, in English, an incident in which people in an office commented on the person's nose. Have you?

Best wishes, Clive
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Tall nose sounds completely wrong to me too. It's just not a natural collocation. 'Tall' refers to something's height. A nose does not have height. It has length and width and possibly depth, but definitely not height.
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