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Which 3-syllable word can either refer to a music instrument or a kitchen tool?

Question #57085. Asked by Flem-ish.
Last updated Sep 22 2016.

shady shaker
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shady shaker

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Mandolin

If you will allow a slight difference in spelling, I could be listening to you playing the mandolin - a four stringed instument related to the harp - as I sliced cabbage, carrots, turnips and potatoes with my mandoline - which features two adjustable stainless steel blades, designed particularly for slicing said vegetables.

(The Reader's Digest Reverse Dictionary; The Concise Larousse Gastronomique)

Response last updated by Terry on Sep 22 2016.
May 07 2005, 7:44 AM
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Flem-ish
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Flem-ish
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American Heritage Dictionary allows that slight difference in spelling. And their definition of the kitchen utensil is broadly identical to yours. "Utensil consisting of a base into which adjustable blades are set, used to slice or cut fruits and vegetables". So it's yay for the shady shaker.

May 07 2005, 7:52 AM
gmackematix
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gmackematix
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OK so you can't link to the "Brainteasers" chatboard. If you look at my old "If You Can't Stand the Heat..." puzzle you'll see what I mean.

May 07 2005, 8:56 AM
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Baloo55th
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Slight technical objection: The commonest mandolin is the Neapolitan which has four courses of strings, but actually has eight strings as they are doubled. The Milanese mandolin has six single strings. The flat-back mandolin is strung like the Neapolitan. I play the Neapolitan type (and the banjo strung the same way as well - mandolin banjo or occasionally banjolin). And it ain't related to the harp except in that it's got strings - it's a mini-lute and related therefore to the Arabic ud or oud.

May 07 2005, 2:34 PM
shady shaker
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shady shaker

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Come on Baloo! You're just stringing us along!

May 08 2005, 8:49 AM
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Baloo55th
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Baloo55th
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Now would I do that? I just plucked up my courage to enlighten the unmusical out there.... Mind you, my instrument bag does contain two shakers - egg shaped ones.

May 08 2005, 2:09 PM
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