Dahlianut Dictionary forum: thing

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Imagesallyg
Oct 2, 2012 8:36 AM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
When I'm lazy I use thing to refer to any sort of package or container.
Like "get me a thing of old fashioned oats at the store.''..
THe more I think about it the funnier it seems. THING is a specific word...that thing over there... but shouldn't refer to the container of some 'things' that...well, does anybody see what I'm getting at?? LOL
"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon
Imagesmiley
Oct 11, 2012 3:47 PM CST
Name: Julie
Kenmore, NY
I see exactly what you're getting at. I do that too.
Imagesallyg
Oct 12, 2012 7:38 AM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
I'm so glad I am not the only one! Or sorry for you that you get this ... Sticking tongue out
"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon
Imagesmiley
Oct 12, 2012 10:28 AM CST
Name: Julie
Kenmore, NY
DH & I have a couple words we use for things that we don't know the proper word for.

One of them is for furniture ~ if we don't know what it's normally called (armoire, high boy, etc..) we just call it a 'winchester'. We thought it was a pretty classy name. Sticking tongue out

I am eating a thing of yogurt as we speak.
Imagesallyg
Oct 12, 2012 12:20 PM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
HA- love that, winchester!
Yeah I see your thing of yogurt!
"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon
Imagesallyg
Oct 12, 2012 12:22 PM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
A 'thing' is NOT a thingamajig or a whooziwhatsis. A thing is a thing where everybody knows exactly what thing you mean, of the stuff you're talking about.
Like a recipe can say Add a thing of onion soup mix to a thing of sour cream.
"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon
Imagesmiley
Oct 12, 2012 3:24 PM CST
Name: Julie
Kenmore, NY
No.. thingamajig's or whooziwhatsis's are totally different, I agree. They are right up there with Shlabotnik's, which are mechanical thingamajigs and whooziwhatsis's.
Imagedahlianut
Oct 14, 2012 6:49 AM CST
Name: Dahlianut
Calgary, AB Zone 3a
A thing could be a 'thingy' or a 'thang' (a southern thing) but of coursely never could be a thingamajiggy or a whooziwhatsis. How perfectly sensical sallyg Smiling and everyone knows what the 'thing' is or it could not be a 'thing'. smiley I always think of a winchester as a gun. I obviously watch too many old westerns Sticking tongue out
Imagesmiley
Oct 14, 2012 1:22 PM CST
Name: Julie
Kenmore, NY
You are correct, a winchester is a gun. But it is also an unnamed piece of furniture.
Imagesallyg
Oct 19, 2012 9:42 PM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
Hi Dnutt
thanks for giving the official thing on ' thing,' er sumpun... Hilarious!
"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon
Imagenap
Mar 30, 2015 6:55 AM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
I'm a couple of years behind this thread, but "thing" is one of my favorite words!

I like to give it away to other people too! I'm always saying, "Here's the thing...." Rolling my eyes. Then I give it to them!

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