The small things that delay us
Consider the dragonfly. Consider the dragonfly trying to fit into a tube too narrow. It can't do that; its wingspan is too wide. Type "its wingspan was too wide."
But wait! Its wingspan makes the creature too wide, yes. But is width a measurement of wingspan? Is wingspan a measurement of width? The width of a wing is the shorter measurement, front to back; from tip to root is its length. Is that the span? "Its wingspan was too long" - oh lawks, that just sounds wrong. And now everything sounds wrong.
*flees to the internet for succour*