Turn signals should be named winkers, and other important thoughts

Did you ever notice how the names for everyday items often don’t make sense?

Or did you ever wonder about how winter clothing and cutlery seem to be related?


Well, I have been pondering several of these incredibly important topics recently, and I thought I would share a few of them here with you today.

A turn signal should be called a winker – If you think about it, it makes no sense to call it a blinker, as the car is clearly winking and not blinking when you make a turn. The hazard lights can be referred to as blinkers, as it does look like the car is blinking at that time.

A concrete path that goes through your lawn and up to your house should be called a walk, not a sidewalk – If these paths are on the side of the street, it makes sense to call them sidewalks. In your yard, though, what are they on the side of? If anything, they could be called a middlewalk or a yardwalk. And why are they all the same color? There’s no sense reinventing the wheel here, but couldn’t we at least make some improvements in sidewalk technology?

Why shouldn’t we reinvent the wheel? – Maybe we could come up with something better. How about a wheel that doesn’t tip over? I think that would be a much better wheel. Much like a weeble, it could wobble but not ever fall down, so it could be named a wheelble.

Mitten and gloves are the spoons and forks of the winter clothing world – They look similar and even have similar uses.

This one is tougher, but I think that a pole that a skier uses for balance is the winter clothing item equivalent of a knife – It cuts through snow, is straight and helps keep things steady. If not the ski pole, then perhaps the ice skate is the winter clothing knife. I shall have to think more about this.

Why don’t winter hats have visors like the hats we wear in the summer? – No one seems to care about keeping the sun out of their eyes in the winter.

The snow shovel is definitely the equivalent of the serving spoon – I also believe that the thing that you use to pick up pieces of cake or pie is equal to a sled.

As an adult male, am I allowed to wear mittens? – It seems like they would keep my fingers warmer, but I would also look ridiculous.

The name window also should be changed – We have wind chimes, windmills, windshields and even windbags, and all of those names make sense. What does window mean? I think they should be named something more sensible, such as windstops or windviews. Or how about draftdoors?

Window screens should be named galegrates – Or how about bugblockers? That seems to be their main point.

The word ceiling is also funny – Your ceiling is your sealing to the top of your room.

If we have leaf blowers and snow blowers, maybe fans should be named breeze blowers – Or maybe we could call them windgoes.

Do you have any suggestions for improving the names for everyday items? Or any thoughts on winter clothing and silverware? Feel free to comment below. Thanks!

14 thoughts on “Turn signals should be named winkers, and other important thoughts

  1. This list is so good, I think you have earned the right to wear mittens. They are warmer than gloves. There are even glove-lined mittens, or mitten-covered gloves. These could be renamed glittens. Or glovens? More research is needed.

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    1. Thanks! I had not heard of glove lined mittens before. I have to look them up now. And i love the name glittens! More research is definitely needed. Have a great holiday!


  2. It doesn’t matter what that stalk to the side of the steering wheel is called. No one ever uses it when turning anyway, at least not in my area. Other than me, of course.

    My winter hat does have a visor. Hubby bought it for me for Christmas a couple of years ago. And I also used to have a pattern for knitting hats with visors. In addition to the visor, my hats had an additional piece that could be pulled down to cover the mouth and nose during really bad snowstorms. Wish I knew where that pattern was now – I could start an online business and make some money.

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    1. Thanks! I’m glad you are using the turn signal, and I don’t understand why more people don’t use it, too. That’s awesome about your winter hat with a visor, to. I think you could make some money with your pattern. Have a great Thanksgiving!

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  3. I have mittens, gloves and another item that really doesn’t have a name it is a mitten with a slot for the little finger. It is an equestrian item called a rider’s mitten, but I personally think you can come up with a better name. This is your task should you choose to accept it.

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  4. Window was originally wind-hole, I believe. The pronunciation kind of smoothed out over time. In medieval or at any rate ‘olden’ times there was no glass. Windows were literally holes in the walls of huts, to let air in and smoke out.

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