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opine
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Moby Dick
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  • When, as I opine, in the course of time, the true nature of spermaceti became known, its original name was still retained by the dealers; no doubt to enhance its value by a notion so strangely significant of its scarcity.
  • Nor have there been wanting learned exegetists who have opined that the whale mentioned in the book of Jonah merely meant a life-preserver—an inflated bag of wind—which the endangered prophet swam to, and so was saved from a watery doom.
  • I opine, that it is plainly traceable to the first arrival of the Greenland whaling ships in London, more than two centuries ago.
  • It has been said that the whale only breathes through his spout-hole; if it could truthfully be added that his spouts are mixed with water, then I opine we should be furnished with the reason why his sense of smell seems obliterated in him; for the only thing about him that at all answers to his nose is that identical spout-hole; and being so clogged with two elements, it could not be expected to have the power of smelling.

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  • "Krakauer is a kook if he doesn’t think Chris ’Alexander Su-pertramp’ McCandless was a kook," opined a man from North Pole, Alaska.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild

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