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I'm stuck.  I need a verb to describe the motion of a gorilla when he/she is on the ground.  Any ideas?  Thanks!
#1 - September 23, 2013, 11:14 AM
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Maybe shuffle? Or scramble if the are moving quicker?  :eh2
#2 - September 23, 2013, 11:28 AM
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Maybe an amble?
#3 - September 23, 2013, 11:29 AM
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Gorillas galumph.
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lumber?
#5 - September 23, 2013, 11:31 AM
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I think it depends on what mood the gorilla is in and if there's a food reward involved or danger.  :taz:
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Thanks all! Great suggestions.  I'll see which one the character seems to enjoy.  :)
#7 - September 23, 2013, 01:07 PM
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A gorilla uses whatever verb a gorilla wants to use.  Personally I like saunter.
#8 - September 23, 2013, 01:18 PM

I'm with Kurtis. I immediately thought "galumph." And in some circumstances, it could be alliterative, too. Bonus! :-)

Or you could make up a fun word.
#9 - September 23, 2013, 02:40 PM
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I always thought gorillas knuckled.  Although if you're going for the non-fore-limb-assisted gait, I second sauntered.
#10 - September 23, 2013, 04:49 PM

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I think of them as having somewhat of a rolling gait --- I'll go with 'tottered' --- slowly tottered.

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#11 - September 23, 2013, 06:32 PM
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I vote with the honorable Mrs. Jones. Gorillas lumber.
#12 - September 24, 2013, 07:12 AM
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Yep. Lumber jumped to mind before I got the thread open.
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I immediately thought "lumber."
#14 - September 24, 2013, 07:21 AM
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Sway? I know that sounds a bit lighter than lumber, which is definitely heavier, but it all depends on the mood and tone you are trying to achieve.
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Do they shamble?
#16 - September 24, 2013, 01:18 PM
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pound or thump
#17 - September 26, 2013, 10:46 AM
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do you mean their knuckle-walk? it is quiet fluid -- like a stroll. 'Lumber' implies clumsiness, and they are not clumsy at all. The almost never walk on two feet, though, which makes describing them like we describe human movement difficult.

That is a hard one to describe!

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#18 - September 26, 2013, 02:47 PM

I think it depends on what the gorilla is doing. Is it moving quickly or slowly? Is it a huge one? Or small one?

"Galumph" sounds a little comical so I think it depends on the tone you want as well.

If it's moving pretty quickly, maybe "swept"? "Scrambled" is good, too.

You could also avoid the issue with things like "wandered" or "rushed" or "sped", etc.
#19 - September 26, 2013, 03:37 PM
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I've had a long-term interest in gorillas, and when i did a magazine story on zookeepers had a chance to feed carrots to Massa the Philly Zoo's aged male gorilla (after passing my TB test, of course). An average gorilla can run at speeds around 25 mph. Usain Bolt's top speed is around 28 mph. If we sent a gorilla to Jamaica and trained him or her, I'm sure Usain would be a distant second.

Lumber does not for me capture the surprising nimbleness of gorillas, which do show a certain rhythm to their movement. National Geo calls it dancing in this clip (around 2 min). I might have said scampers.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPJTfGhAjSI
#20 - September 26, 2013, 03:52 PM
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Love this clip LTMadison. Swagger was another term.
#21 - September 26, 2013, 06:57 PM

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Gorillas galumph.


That was exactly my thought when I read the question.

Although I think that is more of a caricature of a gorilla.
#22 - September 26, 2013, 07:21 PM
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Walk...run..arm-legging it!
#23 - September 26, 2013, 07:31 PM

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