It’s weird sometimes – how just one little word can change the meaning of a sentence, or completely confuse us.
Take ‘Kiwi’ – for instance. Are you talking about me – that is, a person from New Zealand, or is it that small brownish oval shaped fuzzy fruit that’s green inside, or then again, is it that truly peculicar flightless bird with th really long beak and the really large eggs – and who also comes from New Zealand???? Language is a very strange thing …..
You would think, at first glance that NZ and the US, or NZ and the UK, or even NZ and that far West Island called Australia, were pretty much the same. But thanks to the invention of Postcrossing, blogs, Twitter, Flickr and other marvels of modern technology, I’m learning more and more how different we are .
Laundry is today’s topic of discussion. At the moment, due to having no kitchen, we are washing our dishes in the laundry tub (well, not actually IN the tub – but in a plastic crate, in the tub.Who knows what last got washed in my laundry tub!!!)
The first point to note is that, in fact, I’d usually say ‘washing’ instead of ‘laundry’ (the clothing etc.) And probably ‘wash-house’ instead of laundry (the room where-in resides the washing machine.) So that’s different. And generally (when it’s sunny) I peg my washing outside on the ‘clothes line’ to dry. When it’s not sunny (usually) I put my washing on the ‘clothes horse’ to dry. In fact, I don’t even own a ‘clothes dryer’ (as in the machine that tumbles the washing around and blows hot air on it until it’s dry!!)
However – the word under discussion currently is laundry ‘tub.’
Here is a picture of it – well, a picture of half of it and half of my washing machine:
This is my laundry tub, or laundry sink, or washing tub. Nowdays all kinds of random stuff is likely to get washed in there, but not the washing. (It does have the ripply bit down the side that you would use for doing the washing in it!!) The washing machine does drain into it though.
So – do you have a thing like this in your laundry (or wash-house) and if so, what word do you use for it.
And did your mum/mom use one of these to do her laundry/washing?? Because my mum did!!
And while we’re discussing household appliances – what DO you call that thing that you use to suck up rubbish off the floor. NO, not the dog. The machine!!!