Monday, February 3, 2014

Word of the Week - Doorknob

First of all, my apologies to anyone who missed my Thoughtful Thursday last week--I was taking a sick day. Just a cold, which I'm happy to say didn't get as bad for me as it did for my hubby. Not that I'm happy it involved a fever for the hubby--you know what I mean. ;-)

Anyway! A new week, and on we go to our feature word. So go ahead. Ask "Why in the world are we talking about doorknobs??"

Well, I'll tell you. Because until 1847, we wouldn't have been. That's right--doorknob is only 167 years old! Which is darn new, considering how old doors are. ;-) But up until the 19th century, most doors used latches or handles rather than knobs. In fact, the knob we know and love wasn't patented until 1878.

Who knew, right? ;-) So we historical writers better be sure to never have our medieval heroine carefully turning the knob and sneaking into a room. Just sayin'.

Happy February, all!

4 comments:

  1. Interesting, I thought it was older.

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  2. I guess I never really thought about. But I'm glad you shared. I'm tucking it away for future reference.

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  3. Never ever would have guessed! Thanks. :)

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  4. These are always so interesting. I am learning so much about words from your blog.

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