The cushions were hard and unelastic
, and the cues were so crooked that in making a shot you had to allow for the curve or you would infallibly put the "English" on the wrong side of the hall.
Bankruptcy and repudiation are the springboards from which much of our civilization vaults and turns its somersets, but the savage stands on the unelastic
plank of famine.
43) In addition, 'his foot is ugly, and he walks upon it with the heavy unelastic
tread of a dromedary'.
The difference is that literary licence allows (and encourages) stretchers; ethnographers, however, are bound by a professional ethic of unelastic