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Let's say I am holding a chips packet and I have to cut it with scissors.

How do I say these 3 expression without the sort of mathematical terms(horizontal, vertical, diagonal)

1: Cut it horizontally( at the top). Should I say cut it flat?

2: Cut it diagonally (at the end.)

3: Cut it vertically(on the side)

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It is not your question, but at least in the western US I have not heard chips packet (I assume you mean like potato chips). We would say a bag of chips. – user3169 Jul 18 '14 at 17:40
Or you could open your chips like the Crazy Russian Hacker: youtube.com/watch?v=2QY1tLseAZQ – Dangph Jul 19 '14 at 1:03
up vote 4 down vote accepted

I would say:

1: Cut it across the top.

2: Cut it at one corner.

3: Cut it along the side.

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"At one corner" could be taken to mean "cut the corner off" or "cut in any direction starting at one corner" (and presume the diagonal cut starts at the corner in the first place). It would be clearer to simply stay with "diagonally". Similarly, "horizontal" and "vertical" may not necessarily be at the top or the side (you can cut horizontally across the middle), depending on what the OP's intent is. The words "horizontally", "diagonally", and "vertically" capture all of these ideas quite cleanly, they are difficult to explain without becoming verbose. – Jason C Jul 18 '14 at 17:42
@JasonC Understood, but the question specifically says without the words (horizontal, vertical, diagonal). – user3169 Jul 18 '14 at 19:17
Sorry, I wasn't attempting to correct you, just adding a note for a reader. I read the original question as fundamentally believing horizontal/vertical/diagonal were too mathematically-inclined for every day usage. – Jason C Jul 18 '14 at 19:48
@JasonC Thanks for the explanation. I understand it. – user3169 Jul 18 '14 at 22:31

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