Monday, August 31, 2009

Word of the Week #66

escutcheon - [ih-SKUHCH-uhn] - noun

Definition:
1. a shield decorated with a coat of arms
2. the protective metal plate around a keyhole and lock, drawer handle or pull, light switch, etc.
3. the panel on a ship's stern bearing her name

Usage:
Now I know that the metal thingey around a drawer handle is called an escutcheon.

*Yeah, lame sentence. Perhaps you can come up with a better one?

4 comments:

Don said...

Still tipsy from a night on the town, Ferdinand jabbed his key at the lock, adding three small dents to the escutcheon before finally finding the keyhole.

Jaime Theler said...

And with the first comment we have a better sentence than mine. *applause*

ElanaJ said...

ROTFL! Sadly, I cannot. And I like that one--it made me laugh.

L.T. Elliot said...

I always think of shields when I read this but that's thanks to sword and sorcery, huh?