Viewer Thingy Face

I couldn’t miss this one, could I?

Two tourist viewers across river from DetroitBut apart from adding to my collection of unintentional faces, this sighting led to me discovering that there is no universally accepted name for these viewer thingies. What a delightful lack of standardization.


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8 Responses to Viewer Thingy Face

  1. Jim Taylor says:

    Oh, delightful! Does the Big Guy just roll his eyes when you discover these faces?
    Jim T

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Jim T – He’s a good sport about most things. If I see one while we’re driving, he’s not real keen to go back.

  2. barbara carlson says:

    Someone (on a blog) had to get hearing aids — hated the name of them, so wanted to come up with an alternate name. Glasses aren’t called sight aids…

    I suggested “sounders”. He suggested “hears”, but that is too much like ears and hard to lip read, I think.

    • Jim Taylor says:

      My mind boggles at the infinite possibilities of terms that relate “aids” to functions. If glasses could be “sight aids,” what —-aids term could we come up with for orthotics? False teeth? Crutches? Girdles? Diapers — well, no, maybe we don’t want to explore these possibilities after all.
      Jim T

      • Isabel Gibson says:

        Jim T – Good choice, buddy. Sometimes, the accumulated wisdom of the community has already spoken, via the words we have — and don’t have :-).

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Barbara – I like your suggestion. Two outta three carries, yeah?

  3. Judith Umbach says:

    I like viewer-thingy-face. Or should the word be viewerthingyface?

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Judith – Perhaps two words: viewer-thingy (which will (d)evolve to viewerthingy over time) face. I find the unhyphenated concatenation hard to parse.

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