Today’s Vocabulary Lesson

17 03 2008

Sometimes little things that shouldn’t bug me really do.

For example, if I see another real estate listing that touts, among a home’s features, a “PALLADIUM” window, I think I will barf. I see it at least once a week as I cruise the real estate listings. There’s a house down the street in the Vinyl Village on the market, it has a half round window in the front. Sure enough, the realtor says “You’ll love the gorgeous Palladium window in the dining room!” But the realtor is wrong…on two counts!

Here’s a lesson kids…

Palladium is a a rare metallic element of the platinum group, silver-white, ductile and malleable, harder and fusing more readily than platinum: used chiefly as a catalyst and in dental and other alloys. Symbol: Pd; atomic weight: 106.4; atomic number: 46; specific gravity: 12 at 20°C. 

So unless the previous owners chiseled out all of their old fillings to make windows, chances are that the poor misinformed realtor really wants us all to know that the house has a PALLADIAN window. Which looks like this:

And it must look just like that. The entire composition of three parts is a Palladian window. This also seems lost on realtors who will describe any window with an arch top or a half round as “Palladium!”.

To recap:

Palladium:

Palladian:

Cheap Ass Builder-Grade Round Window, not Palladium or Palladian:

Whew…I feel better now.

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5 responses

18 03 2008
trailerparkbarbie

Don’t know none of them fancy names.

What do you call a window covered with cardboard like we see ’round here?

18 03 2008
The Vinyl Villager

I think you call that “Daddy laid out drunk again this weekend and didnt fix the window Mama shot out with her pistol”

4 04 2008
moonbeammcqueen

Now, when I drive around the formerly beautiful, now-abandoned homes around here, I can impress my boyfriend by saying, “That’s a PALLADIUM windows those boards are nailed to.”

I feel so educated. Really, this was interesting!

4 04 2008
moonbeammcqueen

Please mentally correct typos. It’s 4:00 a.m. here.

1 11 2010
Pat@BPM

Thanks so much! Informative and fun post, Ellen!

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