Thingamajig

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Old thingamajig. Image: Su Leslie 2019

I love old machinery. Wheels, cogs, bolts and rust; it’s a dream to photograph.

I love words like flywheel, crankshaft and torque. But no matter how many times well-meaning mechanically minded friends have tried to explain transmission systems and gearing ratios, it’s still all geek to me. So I fall back on a communication system that relies heavily on lots of arm-waving, pleading looks and references to “like, you know the big round thingamajig that sits on the whatsit. You know, the one with the little doodads attached.”

You understand, don’t you?

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Whatsit from a doohickey. Image: Su Leslie 2020

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Detail of thingamy from whatchamcallit. Image: Su Leslie 2019

Ragtag Daily Prompt | thingamajig

41 thoughts on “Thingamajig

  1. I like the effect you put in on the right, that strip of sepia or whateveritscalled 😉
    Also, I like thingamajigs as well, knowing how things work, etc. I’m annoying on factory tours 😛

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  2. I hear you loud & clear. These words are particularly well used in my vocabulary. I even have one more: we call our mobile power bank (I just had to ask Loving Husband for the name) a BlurbBlurbBlurb because I can never remember.

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  3. Even though sexual stereotyping would insist that I should be a petrolhead and know the names for bits of machinery I am much the same as you. Words like ‘oojah’ and ‘wossname’ get used frequently.
    That said, I am irresistibly drawn to rusty old machinery, and not necessarily for photographic purposes. I think this might be a bloke thing.
    Fab photos!

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  4. Totally understand, Su! 😉 Although it’s amazing how much vocabulary you can add once you start repairing things (like washing machines 😉). 😂 Such wonderful pictures too – rust is indeed very photogenic, maybe I should start taking pictures of my bike chain? 😂😂

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