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.



  1. barbara carlson

    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.

    1. Jim Taylor

      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

      1. Isabel Gibson

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

    1. Isabel Gibson

      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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