Let's suppose you are writing a text and the person who is sitting beside you (no matter intentionally or unintentionally) nudges you and makes you cross what you were writing. How a native would normally indicate this happening?

  • He crossed my hand.
  • He made me cross my writing.

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British English native here. The word I would use in that situation is to say that the person had jogged me (the verb sense with the one-word summary "push"), or jogged my arm, or my hand. To clarify that this affected my writing, I would say that it messed up my writing.


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