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#196049 - 01/12/11 02:54 PM Re: One word for a tea-cup handle? [Re: elifit]
BranShea Offline
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Originally Posted By: elifit
In my native language (Polish) we call it "ucho" - ear, because it sort of has the shape of an ear smile

I even once said that in front of the class coz I didn't know it's called handle and my teacher said with smile that she gets the connotation smile

Ha, cool it's called ear in Dutch as well. Most logic thing as unless we deal with an extravagant posh design it always has the form of an ear. Handle? Is that seriously the English word for it? I never knew, in spite of the many cups of tea I had in England and U.S.

( I mean, I'm still astonished about all the cups of whatever I drank and no one ever said a word about the handle or ear. Such a familiar thing and the word never mentioned, jee......) What else can we do without smile .


Edited by BranShea (01/12/11 03:37 PM)
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#196057 - 01/12/11 11:32 PM Re: One word for a tea-cup handle? [Re: zmjezhd]
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There is a proverb in English (and many other languages no doubt) that "little pitchers have big ears". Well--it is true that I seldom have anything of import posted. Can't blame you.

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#196061 - 01/13/11 02:10 AM Re: One word for a tea-cup handle? [Re: zmjezhd]
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Originally Posted By: zmjezhd
ear

There is a proverb in English (and many other languages no doubt) that "little pitchers have big ears". Cup handle is what it's called. I recently dropped a cup and broke its handle. Calling it ear, you might be understood, but calling it handle there's no risk of being misunderstood.


Of course when you call it a handle, there's no risk of misunderstanding.. for an English native speaker. I think the difference is in the representation. In Polish (and Dutch apparently smile ) the word "ear" represents the shape, whereas in English handle represents the function.. as you use your hand to hold the cup. Hmm, I'm wondering how many such words with differences like this exist. I'll think about it and post it when I find some smile

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#196062 - 01/13/11 02:21 AM Re: One word for a tea-cup handle? [Re: elifit]
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And I found one..although both terms refer to a shape. In English we call it an eye of a needle, In Polish we call it an ear of a needle. smile

The difference is how you look at the needle, if you look at it horizontally, the loop resembles an eye. If you look vertically it resembles an ear.


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#196069 - 01/13/11 04:51 AM Re: One word for a tea-cup handle? [Re: elifit]
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laugh Ha! I would like to have a look at a Polish needle. For needle we go with the English. Eye. (devided loyalties)

This one's for Jackie:


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#196070 - 01/13/11 05:58 AM Re: One word for a tea-cup handle? [Re: BranShea]
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Originally Posted By: BranShea
laugh Ha! I would like to have a look at a Polish needle. For needle we go with the English. Eye. (devided loyalties)


Eye makes more sense since the shape is oval. By the way, how do you call knitting stitches in Dutch? In polish it's "oczko" [aw-tch-kaw] - small eye laugh and ladder (Am. runner) in tights is also small eye heheh

Funny how many different words are referred to as oczko: blackjack, stone in a ring, mesh in net

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#196072 - 01/13/11 06:01 AM Re: One word for a tea-cup handle? [Re: elifit]
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knit and pearl over here...(I think...my aunt knits, maybe I should ask her all of the stich names!)
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#196074 - 01/13/11 06:05 AM Re: One word for a tea-cup handle? [Re: bexter]
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Originally Posted By: bexter
knit and pearl over here...(I think...my aunt knits, maybe I should ask her all of the stich names!)


You can have different stitches but the loop you create with the knitting needles is called stitch - oczko smile

Isn't that knit and purl? I knit too wink

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#196080 - 01/13/11 08:02 AM Re: One word for a tea-cup handle? [Re: elifit]
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yup I never was good with knitting terminology...
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#196106 - 01/13/11 11:05 AM Re: One word for a tea-cup handle? [Re: bexter]
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Knitting terminology....I was never good with knitting.
I can crochet, however.

We call them "stitches". But as one who cannot knit, who am
I to question?


Edited by LukeJavan8 (01/13/11 11:15 AM)
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