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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

A for ABC Wednesday


aberuncator: long tool for pruning tall branches

Sometimes it's hard to learn new words. I'm not sure how long it will take me to learn to ask for this particular tool by its real name rather than, 'Yanno, that thing you use to cut the 'suckers' on the pear tree that grow straight toward the sky before draping themselves over the wires that connect me to the real world. '  

Aw, there's so much to learn, so little time.

Oh, come on. You knew this word, didn't you? I'm probably the only person who uses my hands to describe what an aberuncator does instead of using my mouth to name it. 



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23 comments:

Roger Owen Green said...

Well, the word KINDA looks like arbor. It also has truncate going there - so arbotruncater - switch a couple letters and drop the T, and voila, abroruncater.

OK, that's too complicated!

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Sylvia K said...

Nope, I'm right with you! I find myself frequently talking with my hands -- particularly the older I get! Terrific post for the A day as always! Love it! Enjoy your week!

Sylvia

Gigi Ann said...

I just take the easy way out, and call them the tool for tree trimming.

Berowne said...

Come now, I've used an aberuncator for years. It's right next to the carburetor in my Camry. :-)

Wanda said...

Well, how about that. My cousin just trimmed our trees with one of "those".

Jane and Chris said...

I'm sticking with 'loppers', I can pronounce that!
Jane x

photowannabe said...

All perfect comments about the word that will probably never be in my vocabulary.
Loppers or thingy will be my lazy word shoice.
Terrific post today. I love learning from your blog.

Meryl Jaffe, PhD said...

Awesome way to begin round 9. I love learning new words, my problem is remembering them. I try to use them to remember, but being a city girl this one will be a challenge.

Great post, as always.

sandy said...

I do know of the tool, but not the word. We call it the trimmer on a stick.

Carver said...

I love to learn new words and your are great about introducing them on ABC wednesday.

chubskulit said...

Nice tool to have!

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Beverley Baird said...

loved your choice of word and description! Never heard of it and would probably just ask for that thing! lol

Hildred and Charles said...

A new word for me, although we have had those kind of tools around for sixty years in the orchards. Mainly we use the long handled ones that slip and slide and snip, if you know what I mean!

Rajesh said...

Great word. I always get to learn new word here.

Reader Wil said...

Wonderful new word, Sue! I try to find it in my dictionaries but in vain. Anyway I don't think there is a Dutch word for it and the gardener wouldn't understand either.You enrich our vocabulary! Have a great week!

Friko said...

Of course I knew the word.

I use it all the time, as well as the tool for cutting tall branches; you know the one with long handles, which cuts bits off high above your head and is so hard to balance.

Gattina said...

I enlarged my vocabulary, lol !
Gattina
ABC team

marginalia said...

The delight of learning new words—
I think I still might us my hands to describe this tool!

Linda

ABC Wednesday Team

Laurie Kolp said...

I can picture you doing that b/c I do that! Thanks for teaching me a new word, too.

nonizamboni said...

I'm part Italian so I speak with my hands at least some of the time. And thanks for giving the 'real' name of the tool. You're right, there's still so much to learn :O)

Terrie said...

Who knew? What a fun way to learn a new vocab word each week - I look forward to the upcoming weeks!

greensborodailyphoto.com said...

That A you created looks like an aberuncator!

ds said...

Well, I didn't know that word, either. Thank you for the vocabulary lesson!!