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#53863 - 01/29/02 12:40 PM Re: transom v. fanlight
TEd Remington Offline
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>you're one of USn, helen. What do the Brits say?

Not to put words into their mouths, but I'm sure they'll agree that Helen's one of USn!


#53864 - 01/29/02 12:50 PM Re: transom v. fanlight
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I'm sure they'll agree that Helen's one of USn!

Hey! I'm the pedantic nitpicker here!

#53865 - 01/29/02 01:53 PM Re: transom v. fanlight
Rubrick Offline

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What do the Brits say?


#53866 - 01/29/02 01:59 PM .
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#53867 - 01/29/02 03:52 PM Re: transom v. fanlight
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Dublin is suddenly British? Hey, back.

As an ex-pat Kiwi in Britain, I can categorically state that the British use the word ... for the little window over the door.

In Zild, however, all small windows, whether over a door or over a larger window, are known as fanlights. And a lot of them are hinged at the top and are opened by the use of a screw turned by a cord loop. Which inevitably either breaks or gets caught up in the screw mechanism, which in turn inevitably seizes solid so that the only way you can get the damned window open is to unscrew the whole damned contraption and heave in the bloody rubbish bin!

If it's your own home you then go out and buy a sliding catch type of thing. If it's a flat (apartment to you benighted people east of LA), you either nail it shut permanently or let the damned thing flap. [pant-pant-pant -e]

The idiot also known as Capfka ...

#53868 - 01/29/02 08:01 PM Re: transom v. fanlight
Jackie Offline

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My house has a painful* number of ... windows
Well, what else WOULD windows be full of??

#53869 - 01/29/02 08:06 PM Re: Xrefer Americanisms
hev Offline

Registered: 01/28/02
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Loc: Sydney, Australia
And in "Aussie" we say Fairy Floss...

#53870 - 01/30/02 12:25 AM Re: transom v. fanlight
Bingley Offline
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To be honest, I don't think I've ever called it anything except the window over the front door. If a window's made up of small slats that open and close by being swung round a horizontal axis, I'd call it a louvre window, is that what you mean by a transom?


#53871 - 01/30/02 04:00 AM Re: transom v. fanlight
rkay Offline

Registered: 12/13/00
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Loc: London, UK
I would agree that fanlights are fixed. They're particularly popular in Georgian architecture and you get some people who make whole studies about them. They come in a wide variety of patterns - mine has a number of interlocking oval shapes filling in the semi-circle, others look a bit like the sun with rays coming out of them, some are much fancier. If it's just got plain glass in it, then odds on the original was removed at some point and you've just got a poor imitation.
The fanlight is also usually where the house number is put.

#53872 - 01/30/02 09:56 AM Re: louvre window
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made up of small slats that open and close by being swung round a horizontal axis

Not quite. The transom would be like one giant louvre rather than a bunch in parallel.

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