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What exactly does "breaking a nail" involve?

Asked by MyNewtBoobs (19026points) March 18th, 2011

What exactly is breaking a nail? Is it chipping the paint on the nail? Does the actual nail tear? What is going on in this “broken nail” scenario?

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erichw1504's avatar

Chipping or cracking of the nail itself.

If you just chipped the paint, how is that breaking your nail?

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

@erichw1504 I don’t know, but my nails don’t chip or crack, they peel, so I didn’t know.

erichw1504's avatar

@MyNewtBoobs I’m not sure what you are trying to accomplish out of this question?

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

@erichw1504 I’m trying to understand what a broken nail is.

erichw1504's avatar

@MyNewtBoobs Are you saying it’s an idiom? Because I’ve never heard of it before.

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

@erichw1504 People say “I broke a nail”.

erichw1504's avatar

@MyNewtBoobs I’ve heard “break a leg” before…

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

My g/f gets these all the time. She’ll be doing something and the nail either breaks off, usually on one of the corners, or splits partway down the nail.

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

@Adirondackwannabe Does it break off completely, like breaking a plate, or does it just kinda bend?

erichw1504's avatar

Peeling is not breaking.

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

@erichw1504 I get that you aren’t confused by this, but I still am, so please don’t derail the thread

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

She’s never had one break off completely. Its always a partial break or split on the end farthest from the cuticle. If it splits its usually for about ¼ to 1/5 of the way down the nail, not all the way down.

erichw1504's avatar

@MyNewtBoobs What? I AM confused. I still don’t know what you want.

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

@erichw1504 So then don’t answer.

SpatzieLover's avatar

@MyNewtBoobs My nails are not the peeling type. my mom’s are I have the type of nails that grow strong and long very quickly. I have one that broke off last week. It usually happens from something stupid, like from me opening a door, or a jar or slamming my finger into my desk…

Anywho, sometimes the tip cracks off, sometimes a corner chips off, and sometimes the worst happens-it breaks low on the nail bed…then I have to run for the clippers and cut it down as far as I can stomach w/out causing too much sensitivity to my finger tip.

is that what you were looking for? I inherited my awesome nails from my grandma…hers were almost as thick & strong as an emery board

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

@SpatzieLover Yes, that’s perfect! I thought it might be that I have shit nails. They’re like the flexibility of taffy with the layers of onions.

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