mailing list For webmasters
Welcome Guest
embarassing thing Options
zielonosiwy
Posted: Thursday, April 4, 2013 4:18:16 PM
Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 5/21/2012
Posts: 267
Neurons: 1,154
Hello,

If we want to say that a plastic bad doesn't leak, what adjective should we use?
And what about condoms? Is there any term for it?

Thanks in advance.
excaelis
Posted: Thursday, April 4, 2013 4:40:33 PM

Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 6/30/2010
Posts: 10,965
Neurons: 32,652
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Impermeable, I believe.


(embarassing ?)




[ edit] Oh, I see. Embarassing condom conversation. How long have you been standing there waiting for the answer ?
RuthP
Posted: Thursday, April 4, 2013 5:02:35 PM

Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 6/2/2009
Posts: 5,408
Neurons: 87,618
Location: Drain, Oregon, United States
Zielonosiwy wrote:
Hello,

If we want to say that a plastic bad doesn't leak, what adjective should we use?
And what about condoms? Is there any term for it?

Thanks in advance.

A substance which does not pass fluid is impermeable to the fluid, though it might pass air.

A thing, like a condom or a bag, which is supposed to be impermeable and is impermeable/has not been broken/is functioning properly is patent. (That word has a long 'a' sound: Pay-tent)
excaelis
Posted: Thursday, April 4, 2013 5:06:29 PM

Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 6/30/2010
Posts: 10,965
Neurons: 32,652
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
I did not know that. ( in BE that word always has a long 'a' ) It's patently obvious that I have to much to learn.
RuthP
Posted: Thursday, April 4, 2013 6:03:27 PM

Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 6/2/2009
Posts: 5,408
Neurons: 87,618
Location: Drain, Oregon, United States
excaelis wrote:
I did not know that. ( in BE that word always has a long 'a' ) It's patently obvious that I have to much to learn.

In AE, if you're talking about taking out a patent on a new gadget, the 'a' is short.
excaelis
Posted: Thursday, April 4, 2013 6:47:11 PM

Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 6/30/2010
Posts: 10,965
Neurons: 32,652
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
And what about shiny dancing pumps ?
Christine
Posted: Thursday, April 4, 2013 10:35:17 PM
Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 4/3/2009
Posts: 3,917
Neurons: 15,842
plastic bag?
Hope2
Posted: Thursday, April 4, 2013 10:43:07 PM

Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 7/6/2012
Posts: 4,907
Neurons: 16,769
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
leakproof?

http://www.thefreedictionary.com/leakproof

If not leakproof, pregnant. Whistle
Wobbles
Posted: Friday, April 5, 2013 12:58:49 AM
Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 3/19/2011
Posts: 185
Neurons: 1,369
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Ha! That's funny, Hope. Here's my take.

A Catholic might refer to a leak proof condom as being unholy.

Joe
Kerry.P
Posted: Friday, April 5, 2013 1:10:25 AM
Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 5/7/2012
Posts: 2,657
Neurons: 13,143
Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Hi Ex, I'll answer your last question from a southern (hemisphere) POV.

Here in Aus we pronounce all instances of patent the same way; with a long 'a'. You just gotta know the context to know what anyone's talking about.
chromomancer
Posted: Friday, April 5, 2013 12:49:15 PM
Rank: Newbie

Joined: 3/14/2013
Posts: 20
Neurons: 9,676
RuthP wrote:

A substance which does not pass fluid is impermeable to the fluid, though it might pass air.

A thing, like a condom or a bag, which is supposed to be impermeable and is impermeable/has not been broken/is functioning properly is patent. (That word has a long 'a' sound: Pay-tent)


That's not a meaning of patent I've come across before, and I can't find it in dictionaries. Is it slang? Regional dialect? Or a common word where you are? (And where else?)

For the meaning you describe, I would have said "intact" or "unbroken" (which is not answer to the original question - for that I wouldn't use an adjective, I'd just say "it doesn't leak" :-) although I'm not disagreeing with the various suggestions).
kool-wind
Posted: Friday, April 5, 2013 1:10:06 PM
Rank: Advanced Member

Joined: 10/13/2012
Posts: 2,625
Neurons: 10,106
Location: Le Busseau, Poitou-Charentes, France
RuthP wrote:
A substance which does not pass fluid is impermeable to the fluid, though it might pass air.

A thing, like a condom or a bag, which is supposed to be impermeable and is impermeable/has not been broken/is functioning properly is patent. (That word has a long 'a' sound: Pay-tent)[/color]


A membrane which does not pass any fluid is impermeable, and if it passes some fluids but not others it is semipermeable.

If we're just talking about a bag or condom wouldn't 'watertight' do the trick?

As for 'patent' I agree with chromomancer and Kerry.

Ex's patent leather dancing pumps are something I haven't seen in a long time. Well, I don't mean his, just anybody's.
Users browsing this topic
Guest


Forum Jump
You cannot post new topics in this forum.
You cannot reply to topics in this forum.
You cannot delete your posts in this forum.
You cannot edit your posts in this forum.
You cannot create polls in this forum.
You cannot vote in polls in this forum.