Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Stopple

A stopple is a stopper or plug, usually for a bottle. We seem to have quite a few. I've no idea if they work - once our wine is open, we drink it rather than go round stoppling it.

Actually stopple is the verb as well as the noun, but however you say it, it seems an odd thing to do.

34 comments:

  1. We have a similar collection and, like you, rarely need to do any stoppling. Nicer word than stopper and is a good match for tipple. Cheers!

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    1. Yes, it goes well with tipple, Christine.

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  2. Never heard of that one. It's not in my Collins dictionary.

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    1. It's in my dictionary, Keith! - and as I own it that makes it a Collins one, even if it says Concise Oxford on the spine.

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  3. I buy my wine by the jug anyway, with a handy screw on top. (just saying)

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  4. What a brilliant word! It needs a limerick....?

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    1. It does, Frances - and I nominate you to write it!

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    2. There was a young lady from Copple
      Who wanted to use her new stopple
      She drank so much wine
      That she never had time
      Ande she knew if she stood she would topple

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    3. We are doing Limericks at our next workshop session, so this was good practice! And should of course have no 'e'.

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    4. That's excellent, Maggie! (Shall we put the e down to you thinking 'in character' and therefore not seeing straight?)

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    5. I've only just caught up with this. Brilliant, Maggie! I knew someone would be able to do it..

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  5. Hi Patsy .. wonderful word ... and lots of thoughts .. cheers Hilary

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    1. It is a nice word, Hilary. I think I'd like talking to the kind of person who'd use it in conversation.

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  6. I always called those things stoppers. lol

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    1. That's a perfectly sensible name for them, Chrys. I imagine that's what nearly everyone calls them.

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  7. Don't think I've heard that version of the word before - we use stopper.

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  8. We call them stoppers too, but perhaps you could use a stopple in a cosy type crime story, or even a gory one, Patsy. :-)

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    1. Would it be the murder weapon, Carol - or would the victim be killed because they insisted on stoppling when the killer wanted them to pour?

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  9. I love that word, thanks for sharing. Although like you, the wine never stays in the fridge long enough to be stoppled. Like the cosy crime idea - sounds like something you'd see in Midsomer Murders.

    Linda

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    1. Looks like one of us is going to have to kill someone with a staple, Linda.

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  10. A new word for me, too, Patsy. As for using in a crime story, a couple of the stopples in your picture would make good murder weapons maybe.

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    1. They're quite heavy, Jan so they might work.

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  11. Never heard that word before Patsy. Stopple...nah, I don't like it, can't see me using it, but a good one for the pub quiz!

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  12. That sheep one is cute. And I like that word, it's fun to say.

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    1. My mum gave us the sheep one, Leandra - you'd have thought she'd know better!

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  13. I think youu have one or two more than our house, but I'm surely not going to stopple my wine drinking, doctor's orders.

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    1. Stoppling isn't something to take lightly, Oscar.

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  14. Well quite: stoppling wine is downright perverse. But it might make sense to stopple Bailey's. If you had no fridge and it was a heatwave.

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  15. I usually stopple over after I've opened my wine!

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    1. Ba careful not to spill it then, Wendy.

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