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What do you think when you see the word "splay"?

Architectural beveling
The outward spread of a brim
A roadway feature designed for increased visibility at intersections
A convenient place to pull over when driving
What a funny-looking word.
I have no thoughts on the subject.

This poll brought to you courtesy of the M6.

P.S. This is proving to be an exemplary instance of how easy it is to design bad polls! I completely forgot about the most obvious instance of it, the verb.



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Feb. 14th, 2008 04:13 pm (UTC)

(and horses)

Edited at 2008-02-14 04:19 pm (UTC)
(no subject) - owlfish - Feb. 14th, 2008 04:13 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - edith_jones - Feb. 14th, 2008 04:35 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - edith_jones - Feb. 14th, 2008 04:36 pm (UTC) - Expand
Feb. 14th, 2008 04:12 pm (UTC)
I think of a splayed person. Arms and legs akimbo.
Feb. 14th, 2008 04:13 pm (UTC)
(no subject) - curtana - Feb. 14th, 2008 04:13 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - owlfish - Feb. 14th, 2008 04:19 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - mlfoley - Feb. 14th, 2008 05:59 pm (UTC) - Expand
Feb. 14th, 2008 04:14 pm (UTC)
(f) That it's a verb.
Feb. 14th, 2008 04:15 pm (UTC)
Darn it. I need a new poll.
(no subject) - tsutanai - Feb. 14th, 2008 04:16 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - owlfish - Feb. 14th, 2008 04:18 pm (UTC) - Expand
Feb. 14th, 2008 04:15 pm (UTC)
The only term for it I know (besides the above two responses) is in astrology. Natal (birth) charts are 'splay' when there are planets all over the place, such as in mine (as opposed to see-saw charts, for instance, where there are two groups of planets that are separated from each other).
Feb. 14th, 2008 04:18 pm (UTC)
Now I know it's also a medical calculation having to do with kidneys.
(no subject) - agincourtgirl - Feb. 14th, 2008 06:15 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - owlfish - Feb. 14th, 2008 06:20 pm (UTC) - Expand
Feb. 14th, 2008 04:22 pm (UTC)
I wanted an "other" choice... to me it is primarily a verb.
Feb. 14th, 2008 04:25 pm (UTC)
It is to everyone else too. I managed to completely overlook the most obvious version of the word (verb). Polls are hard.
Feb. 14th, 2008 04:27 pm (UTC)
None of the above. I think of splayed fingers.
Feb. 14th, 2008 04:32 pm (UTC)
I didn't pause to think about the word before looking at the answers, so I really just picked #1 because it seemed like the use that made the most sense to me. #2 makes sense too though ... and maybe even #3.
Feb. 14th, 2008 04:34 pm (UTC)
Well, as I didn't even know it could be used as a noun, I'm going for the "funny looking word. I *do* like it as a verb, though. Splayed thighs, especially.
Feb. 14th, 2008 05:01 pm (UTC)
indeed, your poll fails me, as the only meaning of the word I was even aware existed is the verb. (My horse performed a good demopsntration of the position of the verb speaks of with his front legs last night - at a speed rapid and forceful enough that his hoof bruised the side of my foot a bit! I was standing well off to one side of him when something fell off the stable door in front of him. So he jumped suddenly on the spot and came down with his legs splayed way out to the sides. Rather glad he didn't manage to do what he did once... when he came down with considerable force with one of his hooves out to the side and right on top of my foot :-( )
Feb. 14th, 2008 05:29 pm (UTC)
A just-in-time Pico! How obliging of him to demonstrate without injuring you.
Feb. 14th, 2008 05:06 pm (UTC)
None of the above. I associate the word with "splayed toes" and see an image of a kid's feet on a beach with sand rising between the toes as the child sinks slowly into the wet sand.
Feb. 14th, 2008 05:28 pm (UTC)
Much as it is evidence of a poorly-designed poll, I never would have found out what body parts each of you defaults to in association with splay if I had remembered it, and I'm finding it the most interesting part of getting feedback on it!
Feb. 14th, 2008 05:22 pm (UTC)
I was thinking of plastiscene :O)
Feb. 14th, 2008 05:28 pm (UTC)
In what context?
(no subject) - mr_epermithis2u - Feb. 14th, 2008 05:42 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - owlfish - Feb. 14th, 2008 06:15 pm (UTC) - Expand
Feb. 14th, 2008 05:30 pm (UTC)
Yes, I'd be in with the verb usage as well, I'm afraid :)
Feb. 14th, 2008 05:52 pm (UTC)
me, too on the verb
Feb. 14th, 2008 06:09 pm (UTC)
I can't think of any uses unrelated to the verb, and don't understand the ones about roads at all.
Feb. 14th, 2008 06:17 pm (UTC)
Neither does anyone else who has answered this poll, which delights me. Even if I wrote the poll incorrectly for answering the question I posted, the lack of people who recognize its use with regards to roads entirely justifies me posting the poll, as that's how I encountered it on the road on the M6 on Sunday - a sign encouraging irregularly-sized vehicles to pull over into the splay. Which implies that one knows what a splay is, which I didn't.

Edited at 2008-02-14 06:17 pm (UTC)
(no subject) - mithent - Feb. 14th, 2008 06:19 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - owlfish - Feb. 14th, 2008 06:43 pm (UTC) - Expand
Feb. 14th, 2008 06:13 pm (UTC)
Another vote for the verb.
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