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#71327 - 05/27/02 07:31 PM Re: Bole
wofahulicodoc Online   content
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 08/06/01
Posts: 6933
Loc: Worcester, MA
a) know the word

b) don't use it regularly, just if I'm trying to be formal or sound literate

and c) FWIW (which isn't much) when I first read your query, I thought you were going to say you had misheard, and what was really said was "Watch out for the pole" !

#71328 - 06/01/02 07:35 AM Re: Bole
Bridget Offline

Registered: 06/27/00
Posts: 444
Loc: Sydney Australia
I'm with Wofahulicodoc, know but only use in literary attempts.

Way most of the men I know drive, I'd have got as far as 'Watch ou...' before we hit it. Making the question far less material than the bole/trunk/tree...

#71329 - 06/01/02 06:16 PM Re: wood nymph raises her hand
FishonaBike Offline

Registered: 10/11/00
Posts: 1346
Loc: Sussex, England
Do wood nymphs dance in the woods?

Yes, consuelo - but if I'm right in thinking of boles as the remains of a tree after it's been chopped down, you're not gonna get many wood nymphs in that wood

belM - It's a "yes" and an "occasionally" for me. I'd definitely have called your remains of a telegraph pole a bole.

bole=the bottom bit, including the roots in a live tree. And a bugger to dig up unless you've poured in some nasty toxic substances to kill off the roots first.

#71330 - 06/01/02 11:52 PM Re: Bole
wordcrazy Offline

Registered: 01/26/01
Posts: 275
How many of you know that a tree trunk is a bole?
Vaguely and once upon a time.
How many of you still use that word?
Once upon a time, not in the last 20 years but will be using it first thing in the morning tomorrow. In our backyard is a problematic bole that is at present the bane of my husband's existence. It wouldn't budge. His latest failed attempt at its destruction is to drill holes in it and then filling up these holes with peanuts, hoping that our resident gazillion squirrels will furiously dig, burrow and render this bole into a pile of wood shavings while they try to take the peanuts out of the holes. Unfortunately, in this game, a Ph.D. holder has been outsmarted by the squirrel. They got the peanuts that they could from the holes without bothering those that they know they have to work at.

#71331 - 06/03/02 11:14 AM Re: Bole
stales Offline
old hand

Registered: 11/13/00
Posts: 866
Loc: Perth, Western Australia
wot max sed:



#71332 - 06/03/02 11:20 AM Re: Bole
stales Offline
old hand

Registered: 11/13/00
Posts: 866
Loc: Perth, Western Australia
> I never heard of a trunk being referred to as a stem

I had a tree surgeon come to check on the health of a huge tree (a Tuart FWIW - one of only two in the suburb, and probably the tallest at 35m/115ft+) that's growing on my boundary a year ago. He referred to the tree's main stem, secondary stems and, overall, its "architecture". Obviously there's a whole language in tree surgery!


#71333 - 06/03/02 02:39 PM Re: Bole
Robert Payne Offline

Registered: 04/29/02
Posts: 39
Loc: Nacogdoches, Texas, USA

I used it yesterday, in fact, referring to a live oak trunk (bole). I wonder if the word is more common in the south?

Robert Payne

#71334 - 06/03/02 07:37 PM Re: Bole
Angel Offline

Registered: 12/28/01
Posts: 688
Hi Stales! I never heard of a Tuart, and that is some big tree! Any idea how old it is...and is that how big they usually get? Would love to know more!

#71335 - 06/04/02 06:42 AM Re: Tuarts
stales Offline
old hand

Registered: 11/13/00
Posts: 866
Loc: Perth, Western Australia
Hiya Angel

Everything you ever wanted to know about Tuarts....


Ya gotta laugh - the example pictured was too big to fit into the "official" photo at the site.

One of Perth's suburbs is called Tuart Hill, but I don't think there's any there anymore. Long forgotten firewood by now.

Ours is just a pup, prolly about 70 years old. The cascading of gumnuts onto our tin roof is quaint - but can be startling to the unititiated.


#71336 - 06/04/02 11:52 AM Re: Bole
wow Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 11/25/00
Posts: 3439
Loc: New England, USA
Know the word but always used in this context : a hard woody often flattened hemispherical outgrowth on a tree

O! O! did your husband actually hear the "buh" sound for bole or did it sound like the "puh" sound of pole to him?
If he remarked on *B*ole you must have great diction and/or he has superior hearing!

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