Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Kooky Knobby Knees Keeps Knocking


ABC Wednesday is a word meme with participants from around the world. This fabulous meme was created and hosted by Mrs. Denise Nesbitt who hails from Great Britain. Over time, others have joined in to help host this wonderful and informative meme. We are now in our ELEVENTH round with 'Captain Roger' at the helm! Some of the participants have been with this from the very first round; others have joined in along the way. Each week we are taken across the globe to see the varied and exciting contributions people have taken the time to discover and capture. We start with the letter, "A" and each week we post something in regards to the next letter of the alphabet. This week's letter is, "K".

 Oh, man-have I got an array of words for you today! I think just about all of them could fit in the 'obscure' category (Kevlar is borderline).

KEVLAR

 (image from Wikipedia)


Kevlar was developed at DuPont in 1965. This high strength material was first commercially used in the early 1970s as a replacement for steel in racing tires. Typically it is spun into ropes or fabric sheets that can be used as such or as an ingredient in composite material components. It is a para-aramid synthetic fiber and has incredible tensile strength-it is the live saving fabric used in bullet proof vests and in the helmets of our combat soldiers (adapted from the Wikipedia site).

KHMER

(image from the TravelBlog)

The Khmer Empire was at one point in time one of the most powerful empires in southeast Asia. Cambodia is present day Khmer. It's history is as rich as its culture. I highly recommend using the link to find out more about Khmer!

KINE


Kine-it's not what you'd ever guess it to mean! It is an  archaic plural for cow. I say we bring this word back to our present day language so that it is no longer archaic! What say  you?
 
KIESELGUHR

(image from Earth Science picture of the day site)

Kieselguhr aka diatomaceous earth. Bet you didn't know that, did you? Nor, I! It's uses are many: industrial, filtrative (swimming pools are a common application), abrasive, pest control, absorbent (toxic spills), thermal, DNA purification, agricultural, hydroponics, etc.


11 comments:

Sylvia K said...

What fun, different K Words for the K Day, Paula!! You do always come up with great ones!! Hope your week is off to a great start! Enjoy!!

Roger Owen Green said...

Another great site, with a word I didn't know, kieselguhr!
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

photowannabe said...

Fascinating words that sure don't roll off my tongue.
I have used the word kine on Scrabble.
Have a great week Paula.

EG CameraGirl said...

I'm all for bringing the word kine back!

Photo Cache said...

wow what new k words i learned today.

chubskulit said...

Very interesting KIne. All of your Ks are new to me!

Rose, ABC Wednesday Team

photowannabe said...

To answer your question about Koi, I took the shot at our wonderful local nursery. the place is like a park with all sorts of fun photo ops.
When I saw the fish I thought "Score"! K= koi
As I approached them they all came swimming towards me. I guess they thought I had food for them.
They are so pretty and brightly colored.

Reader Wil said...

You are so clever, Paula! All those words are new to me, apart from kine. Kieselguhr is a very interesting kind of material.
Thanks for adding these words to our vocabulary.
Thanks for visiting my country, which is not green in the dead of winter, like you already presumed.
Have a great day! Wil, ABC Wednesday Team.

Ann said...

What a wonderful find Kevlar has become protecting our pulic servants!!! Great K words
Ann

Joy said...

What an amazing substance kieselguhr is. Yes bring back kine, I'll have lots of opportunity to use the word in my neck of the woods.

A Cuban In London said...

I remember waking up to kine grazing on our doorstep in Cornwall last year, when we stayed in a caravan there. How did that sound?

Great meme. Many thanks.

Greetings from London.

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