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2003 — pastWords

January 8 – 30

 

vert caseSMDecade by decade our colloquial language changes. Words used to describe common tools, household items and topics are no longer commonly used. This exhibit provides a selected A-Z look at words that are obscure or infrequently used in common language today. Some words are illustrated with pictures, while others show actual objects courtesy of Hamersly Library Staff.

 

 

 

 

 


A

is for Awl : a pointed tool for marking surfaces or piercing small holes (as in leather or wood)

B

is for Buttonhook : a hook for drawing small buttons through buttonholes on clothing or shoes

C

is for Colonnade : a series of columns placed at regular intervals

D

is for Demijohn : a large narrow-necked bottle usually enclosed in wickerwork

E

is for Epergne : an often ornate tiered centerpiece consisting of a frame of wrought metal (often silver or gold) bearing dishes, vases, or candle holders or a combination of both

F

is for Farthingale : a support (as of hoops) worn especially in the 16th century beneath a skirt to expand it at the hipline

G

is for Guipure : a heavy large-patterned decorative lace

H

is for Hammerstone: used to flake large areas in making flint tools

I

is for Inkwell : a container for ink

J

is for Jabot : 1. a fall of lace or cloth attached to the front of a neckband, worn in the 18th century 2. a pleated frill of cloth or lace attached down the center front of a woman’s blouse or dress

K

is for Kohl : a preparation used especially in Arabia and Egypt to darken the edges of the eyelids

L

is for Lye Soap : boiled lard and lye water make lye soap. Lye soap wasn’t made for the purpose of personal hygiene, but it was made to soften and de-louse textiles.

M

is for Mortise : a hole or slot into which some other part fits or passes; a cavity cut into a piece of material (as timber) to receive a tenon

N

is for Nimbus : an indication (as a circle) of radiant light or glory about the head of a drawn or sculptured divinity, saint, or sovereign

O

is for Ovolo : a rounded convex molding, often a quarter section of a circle or ellipse.

P

is for Parapet : a low wall or small barrier to protect the edge of a platform

Q

is for Quern : a hand-mill for grinding grain made of two circular stones

R

is for Riparian : relating to or living or located on the bank of a natural watercourse (as a river) or sometimes of a lake or a tidewater

S

is for Snood : a net or fabric bag pinned or tied on at the back of a woman’s head for holding the hair

T

is for Tatting : a delicate handmade lace formed usually by looping and knotting with a single cotton thread and a small shuttle

U

is for Ullage : the amount that a container (as a tank or cask) lacks of being full

V

is for Vexillology : the study of flags

W

is for Washboard : a corrugated rectangular surface that is used for scrubbing clothes or as a percussion instrument

X

is for Xylograph : (wood engraving) the art of making engravings on wood especially for printing

Y

is for Yawl : a fore-and-aft rigged sailboat carrying a mainsail and one or more jibs with a mizzenmast far aft; a jolly boat

Z

is for Zither : a stringed instrument having usually 30 to 40 strings over a shallow horizontal soundboard and played with pick and fingers

 

Special thanks to Michele Kliever, Kathleen Casey and Carol Tripp for loaning items from their private collections for this exhibit.

 


LOCATION: 2nd floor Gallery.
Curator: Jerrie Lee Parpart