Friday, October 15, 2010

Lab Quote Friday #7- Mispronunciations

Since our labs didn't really meet this week, I thought I'd devote this post to mispronunciations we commonly hear throughout the lab.  For those of you who aren't familiar with lab equipment, I'll include pictures as well.  Feel free to comment and add your own favorites too!

#1  Buret (or burette) often pronounced "barrette" or "beret"


#2-  Crucible- often pronounced "cubicle" 


#3  Graduated cylinder- a past coworker of mine called them "granulated cylinders"

NO (granulated sugar is the closest I could get!)

#4-  Coplin jar-  another past coworker of mine called these "copper jars" in all of her written documents- it took me quite a while to figure out what in the world she was using in her procedures!


#5-  Pipet (pipette or pipetter)-  often pronounced "pipe-it" or "pip-it" or "pip-ette"


 #6-  Assay- students pronounce it anyway they can to avoid saying a--
 YES (assay plate)


And just in case you haven't seen enough pictures in this post, here's our lab cowboy:

Oooh- flame test!

Lab cowboy has a problem with goggles staying on- they are big on some people and slip off easily.  Someone suggested that he wear the kind with a strap across the back.  He replied, "But then I would have to take my hat off."  (That made me chuckle.)


Shelly said...

Lady! I love these and they are so true!! The exception to #6 is if you work at VMRD, techs. go out of their way to say assay plates with the emphasis on the first syllable. Oh yeah, we still call them copper jars here too in honor of the former employee who favored that term- WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA! I bet I have several of these mispronounciations in my head, I just have to find them......

Amanda said...

love it! I'm going to send this link to my coworkers : )

Kelly said...

I have lab cowboy in my class! He calls me ma'am all the time; it's awesome.