gheskett at wdtv.com
Fri Jul 15 14:56:32 BST 2011
On Friday, July 15, 2011 09:43:31 AM Anne Wilson did opine:
> On Friday 15 Jul 2011 00:37:58 Alex Schuster wrote:
> > dict.leo.org suggests [screw] wrench or spanner. Or 'monkey wrench'
> > for 'englischer Schraubenschl�ssel'. Ah, 'der Engl�nder'! An
> > adjustable wrench. Oh, and there even is 'crescent wrench' for 'Swiss
> > spanner'.
> I love these essays into language comparisons :-) Although all English
> recognise the word "wrench", "spanner" is the more commonly used here.
> OTOH, "monkey wrench" I associate with heavy-duty contexts, such as
> motor- engineering. Then there's that thing that I know of as an
> "adjustable spanner" - apparently the English spanner to you LOL
Chuckle. That adjustable spanner, is a "Crescent Wrench" here in the US,
because the Crescent people owned the long since expired patent, and it has
been the generic term for such a tool for at least 70 years that I know of.
Similarly, the "monkey wrench" we use here, represents a wrench/spanner
that was also adjustable by a similar means, but the forces against the
adjuster were essentially direct, where the 'Crescent' version used jaw
motion wedging friction to aid the adjuster in holding position much
better. The end result is that I can buy generic crescent wrenches almost
anyplace, but a genuine monkey wrench will likely be sold at an estate
auction as its likely both in excess of 100 years old, and worth 25x what
it cost new just as an antique. They are also commonly called knuckle
busters on this side of the pond, because they were very good at it.
Trivia, never played the game myself. ;-)
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