One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- ‘As we skipped bumpily along the Pacific in our 40-foot clipper, groups of dolphins raced around us, leaping out of the water in formation, emerging like the fingers of an Olympic swimmer.’
- ‘It's not true, of course: the world is plenty vertical - hierarchical, bumpily uneven in the distribution of resources, power, and controlling secrets - and it's becoming more so.’
- ‘They bumpily made their way to their final destination: the archeological site.’
- ‘We talk in his room with its single bed, bumpily spread with a candlewick counterpane in a cosy shade of plum.’
- ‘It has been trying, bumpily, to crawl back to profit since then.’
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