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Dog-eared: Not always a bad thing!

30 Jun

Floyd n BruteyWhen you think of the term “dog-eared”, you might envision the family pet Fido, but most likely you will relate it to the ratty condition of a book:

“A dog ear is a phrase that refers to the folded down corner of a book page. The name arises from the fact that wolves’ ears stand erect while the ears of many breeds of dog flop over.  A dog ear can serve as a bookmark.  While generally frowned upon by those that want to preserve books in their original condition, it is particularly common in use on paperbacks which are designed to be cheaper and more harshly used than hardcovers. Sometimes, it is also used to keep sheets of paper together, in the absence of a stapler or paper clip.  The phrase dates back at least to the late 18th century.”

Picket DogEarBut when WE refer to “dog-eared”, it is a quaint style of fencing, often used in wooden fences, but also available in PVC Vinyl.  Dog-ear fences are popular choices in privacy fencing, and also as a rustic-looking, country-style picket fence.

PVC Gothic capsSo although a dog-eared book will get you in trouble with the local librarian, your neighbors and friends can well appreciate how nice your property looks with a dog-eared fence!  And so ends today’s lesson; however if you enjoy learning more word definitions or reading obscure tidbits of fence history, check out the links to some of our other posts below!

PicketSpace72If this style of fence appeals to you, by all means, get in contact with us for a free estimate — we provide professional installation and sell product for do-it-yourselfers.  (Montgomeryville PA)  215-362-8200

Related Posts:   The Meaning of Fence,   A Bit of Fence History

Related Links:  Wooden Fence Choices,   Aluminum: noun & fence


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