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Re: [Shop-talk] auto shop slang

Subject: Re: [Shop-talk] auto shop slang
From: Mark Andy <>
Date: Thu, 30 Aug 2007 10:45:10 -0400 (EDT)

On Thu, 30 Aug 2007, wrote:
> We're trying to put together a contest at work for our newsletter, 
> matching shop slang terms to the actual meanings.  Things like calling a 
> cutting torch a "smoke wrench", or trim adhesive "Gorilla snot".  (Yes, 
> it's been a slow week!)

I'd always heard it called "the blue wrench".

Seems like my mechanic buddies say "tor -- x" vs. "torx"

Pickle fork instead of ball joint separator.

Side cutters instead of wire snips or diagonal cutters or whatever they're 
really called.

I'm sure there's more (and that they're different)


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