One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- ‘Then it's the middle of the night, I'm in a hospital room, somebody is breathing stertorously in the next bed behind a curtain, my brain feels like a horsehair sofa and my mouth tastes like I've eaten one.’
- ‘Lucy was breathing somewhat stertorously, and her face was at its worst, for the open mouth showed the pale gums.’
- ‘He breathed stertorously, and in his throat were the queer little gasping noises of one overwrought.’
- ‘The old gentleman, who was comfortably and perhaps even stertorously asleep in the corner, is now in the centre engaged in conversation with the young lieutenant.’
- ‘When he returned at half-past eleven o'clock, he found his rooms full of a strong odour of laudanum; his wife was breathing stertorously and lying unconscious on the bed.’
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