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Schott's Miscellany 2 November 2009

In California, Howard Hughes piloted the maiden (and only) flight of the huge Spruce Goose (1947)


SPORKS, WOONS, & RUNCIBLE SPOONS

The SPORK is a combination spoon and three-pronged fork, sometimes with a sharpened or serrated cutting edge. Although the term (a conflation of spoon and fork) was current in 1909, the spork was only patented in 1970 by the American Van Brode Milling Company. The WOON is, apparently, the name given to the curved wooden spatulas that come with small tubs of ice cream. Edward Lear introduced to the world to the RUNCIBLE SPOON in "The Owl and the Pussy Cat":

They dinèd on mince, and slices of quince,
Which they ate with a runcible spoon


Opinion is divided as to what a runcible spoon might look like. Some claim it is a spoon with a bowl at each end (one a teaspoon, the other a tablespoon), centrally hinged so the spoon can be folded in half. Others assert that it is a long, curved, sporklike pickling spoon with three prongs.


REPONDERATION--weighing something again
"Reponderation proved the butcher's scales faulty."
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