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!