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ErylRavenwell
12-18-2006, 08:26 AM
Is there a name for that position, someone lying flat on his back with one bent knee up? Names like akimbo, spread-eagle I mean. Thx.

Silver King
12-18-2006, 09:33 AM
Askew?

"He lay on his back, one leg bent at the knee and his heel dug in the mattress, never expecting her full weight to break his ankle."

No charge.

ErylRavenwell
12-18-2006, 09:37 AM
Askew?

"He lay on his back, one leg bent at the knee and his heel dug in the mattress, never expecting her full weight to break his ankle."

No charge.

Brilliant. Thnx, mate.

ErylRavenwell
12-18-2006, 09:46 AM
Are sure it's Askew? I googled "askew", but no picture of that position. What about this one (pic below)? Sorry for being a pain, but I need one word (just one, not a whole explanation) for the position.

http://www.contephoto.com/images/Seniors/Lying-Down-View.jpg

Silver King
12-18-2006, 09:50 AM
I'd askew her any time.;)

Riddler
12-18-2006, 09:51 AM
The first one might also possibly be considered the "jackknife" position.

WildScribe
12-18-2006, 09:51 AM
No single word that I know of, but a nice picture ;)

"She lay forward, her ankles crossed in the air, and laughed."

ErylRavenwell
12-18-2006, 09:55 AM
For future reference.

1. Akimbo
http://oak.cats.ohiou.edu/~mm274101/akimbo.jpg

2. Spread-eagle (what an idiot, lol)

http://www.bornplaydie.com/japan/travel/kanagawa/spread_eagle.jpg

3. Lying supine, leg bent at the knee.

http://images1.comstock.com/Imagewarehouse/RF/SITECS/ThumbnailVersions/0003000/3000-3499/KS3407.JPG

4. Lotus position

http://www.thehypertexts.com/images/Richard_Moore_Yoga_Lotus_Position.jpg

5. Lying prone or prostrate, ankles crossed in the air and chin propped on her hand.

http://www.contephoto.com/images/Seniors/Lying-Down-View.jpg

ErylRavenwell
12-18-2006, 10:11 AM
No single word that I know of, but a nice picture ;)

"She lay forward, her ankles crossed in the air, and laughed."

Nice. I'll just go for "lying" though, otherwise I'll end up with too complex a sentence for my taste. It'll disrupt the flow. The way she's lying is quite trivial, but I'm obsessed with the minutiae sometimes. The expression on her face I think is more important as well as her attire (scantily clad, wearing a short short and a halter neck bikini top. Add to that the glass of margarita and skin tan, there is no more space for more). Thanks a lot though.

Doctor Shifty
12-18-2006, 02:48 PM
Face down is prone or prostrate (make sure you have the 2nd r).
Face up is supine.

Prone and supine are adjectives or adjectival nouns. Imagine a police report - 'He was found in the prone position' or 'he was lying prone in the middle of the kitchen'. However, most usage will be 'lying face down in the middle' etc.

Prostrate is adjectival but can also be a verb, as in 'he prostrated himself in worship'. But you can't 'prone yourself'.

Prone and supine are not common and many readers will not know them. Both words have other meanings - 'he was prone to seeing danger where there was none'. Supine is also a grammatical term.

ErylRavenwell
12-19-2006, 03:04 AM
Face down is prone or prostrate (make sure you have the 2nd r).
Face up is supine.

Prone and supine are adjectives or adjectival nouns. Imagine a police report - 'He was found in the prone position' or 'he was lying prone in the middle of the kitchen'. However, most usage will be 'lying face down in the middle' etc.

Prostrate is adjectival but can also be a verb, as in 'he prostrated himself in worship'. But you can't 'prone yourself'.

Prone and supine are not common and many readers will not know them. Both words have other meanings - 'he was prone to seeing danger where there was none'. Supine is also a grammatical term.

Good to know. Hat's down.