LOL @ HPL! (isnt it funny how easily we learn a new language when we have too) Where the heck were you last Thursday? I pulled up all the dictionaries I could get on my IPhone at the time, and could not prove my contention that stob was a real word! Honestly, I was struck dumb to find out not one person in the group had ever heard the word. These are folks with more letters after their names than in mine.
Here is the original sentence, "As she raced through the bramble, thorns and stobs tore at Becky's ankles and ripped her jeans". The suggestion, "thorns and stobs, small sharp stumps of harvested pines, tore at Becky's, etc., etc. I didn't like that much so just added a sentence to the original, ala: "Racing through the bramble, thorns and stobs tore at Becky's ankles and ripped her jeans. The field was covered in these short sharp stumps of harvested pines."
I will see how that flies in class next week. But now I am tempted to go back to the original and tell 'em to look it up in Merriam Webster! But the idea is the same. Learn to convey meaning through use. Now I am going to have to write a sentence using sequacious without being overly servile. Not my style.