Question: What’s that thing that judges bang? Answer: A gavel. “But that’s easy!” you say. Okay, well, what about the objects listed below? Do you know your obscure vocabulary?
All of the objects pictured here are examples of low-frequency vocabulary words. They don’t come up in conversation. You rarely need to talk about these objects. You just use them, see them, or know of them.
No surprise, then, that people ask themselves questions like “What’s that thing that judges bang?”
See if you can name the items below before you look at the answers. Spoiler alert: Don’t click on the hyperlink for an answer unless you want to see ALL of the answers. (Note that some objects have more than one name.)
You’ve seen it on movie sets. It’s got black and white stripes. It makes a clack sound when a take begins. It lists the name of the production, the scene number, and the take number. So what is that thing on a movie set called?
You may never have used this thing, but you’ve undoubtedly seen it. It’s usually made of wood. It’s got a long handle and holds the pizza when you put it in and take it out of the oven. Most foodies and chefs know the term. Do you?
I may be dating myself with this one. I know not everyone has an actual checkbook. Or if they do, they may not use it. But there’s a bound insert that goes into the checkbook where you record all your deposits and withdrawals.
Well, maybe you don’t put pills in it because you’re not on 12 different medications…yet. But your grandpa’s got one. It’s usually made of plastic. It has a separate compartment for each day of the week.
It’s plastic. It’s long and slender. When you twist it, the slats on your mini-blinds open or close. Note: We’re looking for something more specific than “that window thingy.”
1. A clapperboard (just one of its many names) is used in filmmaking to help synchronize video and sound.
2. A peel is a shovel-like tool used for sliding pizzas (and breads and pastries) in and out of ovens.
3. A check register, checkbook register, or transaction register lets you keep track of the debits and credits to your checking account.
4. A pill organizer, pill container, or pill box helps people who are on medication take the right dose each day. Pill organizer is more descriptive than pill container and pill box, which imply that the device is for storing pills, not organizing them.
5. A tilt wand or tilt rod is the mechanism that allows you to open and close mini-blinds by twisting.