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:

Christine Howe said...

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!

Keith Havers said...

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

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

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

Frances Garrood said...

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

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

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

Chrys Fey said...

I always called those things stoppers. lol

Rosemary Gemmell said...

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

Carolb said...

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

Patsy said...

Yes, it goes well with tipple, Christine.

Patsy said...

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.

Patsy said...

How big are the jugs, Mac?

Patsy said...

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

Patsy said...

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

Patsy said...

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

Patsy said...

No reason why you shouldn't, Rosemary.

Patsy said...

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?

wannabe a writer said...

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

Jan Baynham said...

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.

Maria said...

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!

Maggie May said...

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

Maggie May said...

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

Patsy said...

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

Patsy said...

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

Patsy said...

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

Patsy said...

Yes, very appropriate, Maria.

Leandra Wallace said...

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

Oscar said...

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.

Patsy said...

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

Patsy said...

Stoppling isn't something to take lightly, Oscar.

Sheila, Canary Islands said...

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.

Patsy said...

Fair point, Sheila.

Frances Garrood said...

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

Wendy's Writing said...

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

Patsy said...

Ba careful not to spill it then, Wendy.