I was delighted to open a bottle of French red recently and find that the cork was made from glass. So sweet.
It’s only a viable substitute for those Australian outbackers who hang corks from their hats to keep away the flies if they also don a pair of plastic goggles as protection against the shards of flying glass. Still, it’d knock the biggest marchie (march fly) for six.
I was wondering what you call one of these things. It’s not really ‘a cork’ and ‘a glass’ is already taken. ‘Glass wine stopper’ does not encompass its felicity. Ideas?
Then I started thinking about things that are named after the substance they are made from eg a glass, a cork, a rubber (eraser), a tin. ‘A paper’ just belongs even though it is a number of pieces of paper. (Sesame Street here we come). Things like ‘china’ and ‘silver’ don’t because they must be prefaced with ‘the’. Any others you can add to the list?