Archive for August, 2015

Poor Neglected Word

August 21, 2015
I found myself looking for the Esperanto word for ‘cleat‘ and discovered that there really wasn’t one, except for the kind on a boat.  In English I found at least 11 definitions for cleat, so I set out to fill in the blanks.

Well, I got them all today, although one use of the word is very obscure, it has something to do with a wedge on a scythe or a plow.  Not even a picture showing it did I find! Ah well, a wedge in any language is a wedge. I’m including my findings below:

Cleat (noun):

  1. fiks-tabul(et)o; ligtabul(et)o = strip of wood, metal, etc., fastened across a surface, as of a plank or series of adjacent planks, for strength or support.
  2. ŝnurfiksilo; bit(et)o = device consisting of two hornlike prongs projecting horizontally in opposite directions from a central base, used for securing lines on vessels, wharves, etc.
  3. (ŝu)planduma butono = one of a number of projecting pieces of metal, rubber, or other material on the sole of a shoe, designed to prevent the wearer from losing their footing.
  4. (bicikla) pedalkrampo = attachment for the sole of a cyclist’s shoe which clips on to a pedal, keeping the foot in place while cycling and increasing the application of force to the pedal.
  5. paŝŝtupo = strip of metal, wood, or the like, fastened across a surface, as a ramp or gangway, to provide sure footing.
  6. ŝuplat(et)o? = metal plate fastened to the sole or heel of a shoe, to protect against wear.
  7. (vitrada) trianguleto – small triangular-shaped nail used in glazing.
  8. kablofiksilo = cable restraint device installed at intervals to secure and protect cables.
  9. karbovejn-fendo = any of the main cleavage planes in a coal seam.
  10. kojn(et)o = small wedge, especially one on a plow or scythe.
  11. ludkampŝuo(j)’; golfŝuo(j); futbalŝuo(j); piedpilkoŝuo(j); ktp = athletic shoes with a cleated sole, typically used when playing football.
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