Monday, November 23, 2009

Doohickeys and Thingamigigs

Ever notice how sometimes "car people" and "noncar people" have trouble communicating? My cousin was explaining to me that her car won't go in reverse, so she had to take it in. Her husband made a comment about the gear shift not working. She then said that it worked fine....she was able to move it from Park to Reverse without any trouble, it just wouldn't go. He then went on to speak in carese to explain to us what he meant by that. He used big vocabulary words that have to do with car parts. Inside car parts, not visible car parts like tire and antennae. Since neither her nor I are "car people", we were a little lost...

Then I said to her "I think he is saying that the shift lever is connected inside to a doohicky that then makes switches some thingamigig in the engine or something that tells it to go in reverse. I think something isn't connected between the doohicky and the thingamigig. Am I close Jack?"
Jack says "Something like that...."
And my cousin says "Okay, that makes sense to me..."
I say "Me too..."
Jack shakes his head sadly....

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7 comments:

Wendy said...

I'm so impressed that you know the technical terms! Doohickey, thingamabob and such are just to much for me to wrap my brain around.

Bridget Chumbley said...

I can't believe how much carese you know, Helen.

I'm in awe of your knowledge!

Kristi Fornshell said...

Dear Helen, thank you for the comment on my newest post. Your technical descriptions of the internal combustion engine are graphictious.

Tea offer is always open. Headcheese finger sandwiches, and fried pies for dessert.

Tweet you tomorrow...KC

Candace Jean July 16 said...

Hey, I must drive the same car as your cousin! Mine has those parts, too.

jasonS said...

This is great. Although when you wrote "carese" I was very confused because I thought you had misspelled caress and then the post took on a whole new meaning... :)

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Joanne Sher said...

hehe - love it :) I recognize those words - it's amazing how well they work with non-car related issues as well. :) Happy Thanksgiving!