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Hi

How do you find the use of "porpoise" here?
A few minutes later, the plane was seen porpoising up and down.
Thanks,

Tom
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Mr. TomHow do you find the use of "porpoise" here?
Entirely unremarkable.
RayHEntirely unremarkable.
but nicely descriptive (though I shudder to think what you might be writing about...)
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I have discussed the use of this word with a few native speakers, and none of them liked it. One of them bet it was WRONG, but it was indeed used by a native speaker in this documentary--you will just have to listen to it for 20 seconds.

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Thanks,

Tom
Hi Tom

Apparently my shudders were entirely justified. Emotion: surprise
Mr. TomOne of them bet it was WRONG
Well, I guess no one has a monopoly on command of the language. Still, I find it fairly odd that a native speaker would not have known this usage of "porpoising."
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What to do, dear Amy; somehow or the other this thought doesn't leave me--and I'm flying home in less than two weeks.
Well, what cannot be cured must be endured!!
Tom
I agree with Ray.

The very thought of a plane porpoising had me shuddering -- I don't like to even think about a plane having that sort of movement. It's not the way a plane is supposed to fly.

Dictionary.com has an entry for the verb:
http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=porpoising&r=66
Mr. TomWhat to do, dear Amy; somehow or the other this thought doesn't leave me--and I'm flying home in less than two weeks.
Tom, before you board the plane, remind yourself about this little bit of statistical information:

In the US, each year there are about 40,000 deaths in automobile
accidents vs. about 200 in air transport.


Be happy you're not driving home. Emotion: smile
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