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Discussion in 'English Only' started by wanabee, Oct 3, 2013.

  1. wanabee Senior Member

    Japanese
    Dear all,

    I found these kinds of expressions on the Internet, but can't picture how she managed to laugh "around" a mouthful of food; it sounds like sort of acrobatic...
    She laughed around a mouthful of (chocolate, cupcake, coffee, etc.)

    I would appreciate any suggestions.
     
  2. tepatria Senior Member

    Onondaga, Ontario
    Canadian English
    It simply means her mouth was full of something and she laughed. She was able to laugh without choking or spitting the food out.
     
  3. wanabee Senior Member

    Japanese
    Thank you very much, tepatria!
    I see. Is there any difference from 'laugh with a mouthful of chocolate' or 'laugh with her mouth full of chocolate'?
     
  4. tepatria Senior Member

    Onondaga, Ontario
    Canadian English
    I guess some of us don't consider chocolate to be food! To me, it is an essential part of my diet. :D Laugh around a mouthful of food or laugh around a mouthful of chocolate mean the same thing essentially. She could laugh around a mouthful of potatoes or chicken, or noodles or anything.
     
  5. wanabee Senior Member

    Japanese
    Thank you very much, tepatria!
    I love chocolate, too, especially when i'm tired!
    So when "she laughed with a mouthful of chocolate" or "she laughed with her mouth full of chocolate," she might have sput some chocolate out sloppily while laughing, but if "she laughed around a mouthful of chocolate," it implies she laughed without spitting it out?
     
  6. tepatria Senior Member

    Onondaga, Ontario
    Canadian English
    Yes, that is correct.
    She might have spit some chocolate out!
     
  7. wanabee Senior Member

    Japanese
    Thank you very much, tepatria, for the answer and cute decoration for "sput," which is no English! :) I see.
     
  8. loghrat Senior Member

    Australia
    British English / Danish
    Note
    BE : spit - spat - spat
     
  9. wanabee Senior Member

    Japanese
    Thank you very much, loghrat!
     

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