Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Alternate Uses

You know my fetish for these cheap inexpensive plastic bookends from Ikea.

Did you also know that fetish is only spelled with one 't' and not two?

I found out when I was teaching some Chinese teenagers ESL a couple of summers ago. One of the boys had gone shopping and bought shoes, we found out he had a shoe fetish, and they all brought out their little English-to-Chinese translator dictionaries. I spelled the word (I'm actually a very good speller), with two t's of course following our short sound rule and doubling the consonant, and they couldn't get it to come up. I pulled out my little Webster's I was carrying along with me, and low and behold it had one 't'. I would assume not doubling the consonant must have to do with the word root.

Well, the point of this post is to show you one of the other uses I found for these little bookends.

These are cd storage boxes that sit by our computer, of course also purchased at Ikea. This box has a hodge-podge of computer game directions, the second discs that aren't needed except for installation, etc. It's basically things that aren't accessed much, but it's also a box that isn't full and every thing was going all tippy. So I grabbed one of my plastic bookends, since I bought three thousand extra, and tried it. I was afraid it would be too tall, but it wasn't, and it worked fantastic!

I have them in several of the cd storage boxes and they work like a dream.

You should move by an Ikea just to buy these.


Mari said...

Great idea. I do have to say that I am sick of you taunting me, with your Ikea finds when you know I want to go there! :)

Betsy said...

Ooooh...I like that..nothing will fall over and get messy in there!

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