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  • Evan
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    BTW, DX now sells hand held 1/2 watt lasers so the name torch is also very appropriate.

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  • ligito
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    Originally posted by darryl
    Around here it's often called 'effin flash light'.

    Dumb name, flash light. Like driveway- somewhere that you park. Or parkway- somewhere that you drive. Or highway- what's that mean- the rest of the roads are lowways?

    Or motorcycle. I am seeing more of them these days- the rest should be called enginecycles.

    Gimmy the effin flashlight, I can't see where the oil's leaking out of my motorcycle.
    Stop buying Harley and old Brit bikes.

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  • danlb
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    Originally posted by aostling
    I've been meaning to ask a similar question: in this country we call the common writing implement a ball-point pen, but in New Zealand it's a biro. What is it called in Norway?

    [edit] forgive me -- that seemed mildly amusing when I posted it, but I now see it as an indication that I've gone "around the bend." I drove twelve hours today starting in Santa Rosa and now I'm in Bend, Oregon, so this is true both literally and figuratively.
    Since Biro is a pen company, that sounds like a case of a popular brand becoming a generic term.

    How strange. Yesterday I was in Roseburg Or (just south of Bend), and today I'm 30 miles south of Santa Rosa. Yes, it's a loooong drive.

    Dan

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  • aostling
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    I've been meaning to ask a similar question: in this country we call the common writing implement a ball-point pen, but in New Zealand it's a biro. What is it called in Norway?

    [edit] forgive me -- that seemed mildly amusing when I posted it, but I now see it as an indication that I've gone "around the bend." I drove twelve hours today starting in Santa Rosa and now I'm in Bend, Oregon, so this is true both literally and figuratively.
    Last edited by aostling; 07-22-2009, 01:14 AM.

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  • Paul Alciatore
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    I've got one that flashes. To paraphrase James Garner as Pappy; red, white, your choice. And it was pre LED so no electronics, just a flasher button.

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  • J Tiers
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    Nay, sirs, the term "flashlight" is proper and appropriate.

    That little button that is on most any good quality old "flashlight" is for , well, flashing the light........ Code communication, seeing when you need to without eating batteries, whatever. It "flashes" the light.

    The fact that it also has a switch to KEEP the light "on" is immaterial.

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  • danlb
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    They call them flashlights because....

    The early lights used inefficient filaments and carbon batteries. The combination allowed resulted in a device that would shine "brightly" for a second and fade out.

    My "flashlight" is the size of my thumb. It's far brighter than a Maglite. It's almost as bright as the headlight on my car. It has 4 brightness levels and will flash an SOS as well as a fast strobe that is blinding. I use it daily and change the battery every few months.

    Light Chucker
    Dark Sucker
    Magic Wand
    The Illuminati
    Dark Chaser
    Shadow Caster

    There are more names, but I like those.

    Dan

    www.candlepowerfoums.com ... All you ever want to know about flashlights.

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  • Highpower
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    Originally posted by garyphansen
    In the US we call them flash lights. I believe our UK friends call them Electric Torches. What are they called in Canada?
    Arc welders???

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  • Evan
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    Boy, you guys don't keep up. Flash lights now don't just flash, they do freekin light shows in RGB colour. Never was the term FLASH light more deserved.

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  • miker
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    Magic stick that holds the Sun!

    Rgds

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  • Weston Bye
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    I'm kind of partial to the term Galvanick Lucifer, invented by Neal Stephenson in his novel Cryptonomicon. Vaguely described as akin to an arc lamp powered by some sort of marvelously corrosive liquid. As spectacular as it's name.

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  • 38_Cal
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    Gimmy the effin flashlight, I can't see where the oil's leaking out of my motorcycle.

    Must be a Triumph or Beezer!

    David
    Montezuma, IA

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  • darryl
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    Around here it's often called 'effin flash light'.

    Dumb name, flash light. Like driveway- somewhere that you park. Or parkway- somewhere that you drive. Or highway- what's that mean- the rest of the roads are lowways?

    Or motorcycle. I am seeing more of them these days- the rest should be called enginecycles.

    Gimmy the effin flashlight, I can't see where the oil's leaking out of my motorcycle.

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  • Cecil Walker
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    The universal name for the flashlight should be: Tube for dead battery storeage.

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  • Willy
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    Originally posted by garyphansen
    Is if flashlight or something else? Gary P. Hansen
    No it's flashlight...not "something else".

    Although I've got a flashlight that is something special.
    A 1 watt led spot lamp with a focused beam that uses 4 AA batteries.
    It's been going for over a year now on the same set of batteries, and I use it a lot.

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