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Timepiece, anyone ?

 
soumya ravindranath
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Fresh out of a discussion...

We, at home have always used the word 'timepiece' for 'alarm clock' ( when I was a kid, it was a small round table-top clock you could punch on the head when it screamed ). Some of my colleagues have never heard of it ( Indians and others who are not native English speakers ).
I checked and it does exist in the dictionary ( ye ye ! ).

I am wondering how many others know this word / use it regularly ?
 
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I have never used the word.
 
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I have used this word quite often when I was a kid. Don't remember when I used this for the last time. But I'm an Indian, so no wonder I'm aware of this word.

And how many use the word 'prepone'? Until recently I thought it is a valid English word, which is an antonym for postpone!
 
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From word web
prepone - Bring a planned event forward in time
Usage : Asia


However, www.dictionary.com failed to show up for 'prepone'.
[ September 21, 2005: Message edited by: Pradip Bhat ]
 
Arjunkumar Shastry
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I also never heard of this 'timepiece'
 
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I have heard the word (timepiece) all the time when I was in India.
But never here.

As far as the word 'prepone' goes I was so sure that the word
exists and had a bet with my boss (who happened to be a British man)
and .... of course lost the bet ... we searched through Oxford dictionary
(unubridged) ..

I still here some people (who are from India but have been living in USA for more than 20 years) use it. If I did not have had that bet with my boss, probably I would have been using it too.
 
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timepiece means an expensive watch in my eyes.

define: timepiece

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R K Singh
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his is first time I listening timepiece word for Alarm clock

Is it because I am from North ??
 
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timepiece means an expensive watch in my eyes.

To me, it would mean ANY fancy (and probably expensive) clock OR watch.

I've never heard the word "prepone".
 
Jayesh Lalwani
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I have heard many of my Maharashtrian friends say "timepiece", but my family never says timepiece (Granparents are from the north). I thought timepiece was one of those Marathi-English words. I didn;t know it was used in other parts of India.
 
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For me - a timepiece is anything that tells the time. It is generally used as a descriptive formal term - "This is an exquisite timepiece"

I also notice that cheesy TV shopping channels always refer to their substandard cheap mass produced watches as quality timepieces.
 
Ashok Mash
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It must be the influence of the colonial period and their (relatively) old English.

To me, �timepiece� a very common word, pronounced more like a �taimpeece� (or even worse, �taimbeece�) than �time piece�, but that�s no news because, like Soumya, I am from Kerala myself.

From my very limited exposure, communities around the world have their own small contributions to the language, and some of them, way too funny!

The usages like 'Jacks' (toilet), 'grub' (food), 'gaf' (home) are just interesting slangs, but I was totally lost when someone asked me to check the press for something � the press, what press? A printing press? 'press', as in ironing cloths? A gym (bench press?)! WTF!?
 
Amit Agrawal
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Originally posted by R K Singh:
his is first time I listening timepiece word for Alarm clock

Is it because I am from North ??


I guess so...In the north, timepiece means watch and not alarmclock

though its not a popular word but i guess most of north indians know it..
 
Sameer Jamal
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Originally posted by Amit Agrawal:


I guess so...In the north, timepiece means watch and not alarmclock

though its not a popular word but i guess most of north indians know it..


I dont think so for me timepiece was always an alarm clock.
 
R K Singh
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from WordWeb dictionary:

Clock : A timepiece that shows the time of day

Alarm Clock : A clock that wakes sleeper at preset time


I think "timepiece" word is not bound to region but bound to family..
 
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Good to see varied usages and opinions. My Maharashtrian friend has never heard of this word either, so we had almost decided that it's a no-no in that part of the world, Ooops!

I thought Americans would have never heard of it either, it sounds so british to me. So I am curious to know if it is used in Britain.

'prepone', I hear this often and then I spend 10 minutes talking about it and showing them the dictionary ...
 
R K Singh
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Originally posted by soumya ravindranath:
'prepone'


My dictionay suggests that it usage is in Asia(actually India)[Asia does not mean china ]

Ahh.. language and people .. English is not a language of Asia and it is adding new words to it

BTW what could be other single word for "Bring a planned event forward in time" ??
 
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Originally posted by R K Singh:
his is first time I listening timepiece word for Alarm clock

Is it because I am from North ??


Cud very well be...generally old people use this term. Interestingly people have forgotten that Gandhiji used one such time-piece.

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soumya ravindranath
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Originally posted by R K Singh:


Ahh.. language and people .. English is not a language of Asia and it is adding new words to it

BTW what could be other single word for "Bring a planned event forward in time" ??


advance, for example
[ verb ]: to bring forward in time; especially : to make earlier (advance the date of the meeting)

( I don't want to go anywhere near the topic of Indians adding to English language - my favourite is "let's remove a snap" though! )
[ September 22, 2005: Message edited by: soumya ravindranath ]
 
Jayesh Lalwani
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Originally posted by soumya ravindranath:
Good to see varied usages and opinions. My Maharashtrian friend has never heard of this word either, so we had almost decided that it's a no-no in that part of the world, Ooops!


Odd, I have definetly heard "timepiece" in Bombay to denote a wall clock. For some reason, I thought it's used by Maharashtrians more. Maybe it's one of the words that Bombayites have adopted from the south.
 
R K Singh
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Originally posted by Jayesh Lalwani:
Maybe it's one of the words that Bombayites have adopted from the south.


As I said earlier, it seems the word belonging to families rather than region... as there are people from north also who have heard it and used it extensively(exa: Sameer).

Or may be that families who shifted to urban area in early 19s got this word and passed it on to their younger generation and while families who moved to cities later, they started using word clock or alarm clock.
 
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