To cut paper

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To cut paper

Post by Stevenloan » Wed Mar 01, 2017 2:39 pm

Hi you guys! Could you please let me know what this device is called? Where I live, people who work at photocopy shops use it to cut paper.

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Thanks a lot!

StevenLoan
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Post by BonnieL » Wed Mar 01, 2017 5:12 pm

Paper cutter.
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Post by Phil White » Wed Mar 01, 2017 10:23 pm

In the UK, that is a guillotine.

A guillotine was a device used to behead people and usually associated with the French Revolution.

If we really want to make it clear that we are talking about the device used to cut paper, we say "office guillotine" or "paper guillotine".
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Post by Stevenloan » Thu Mar 02, 2017 4:29 pm

BonnieL and Phil White : Thank you two so so much.
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Post by BonnieL » Thu Mar 02, 2017 5:18 pm

I wonder if Americans went with paper cutter because so many of us can neither spell or properly pronounce guillotine. :D
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Post by Wizard of Oz » Thu Mar 09, 2017 2:58 pm

Steve in Aus this is a paper cutter. The paper is placed in position and the black knob handle is slid across to cut the paper. It cuts less paper at a time than a guillotine.

WoZ slicing it.
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Post by Phil White » Thu Mar 09, 2017 11:26 pm

Yes. I would tend to agree with WoZ. The type that Steven showed would be a guillotine. The type that WoZ showed would be a paper cutter.
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Post by tony h » Sat Mar 11, 2017 1:59 pm

BonnieL wrote:I wonder if Americans went with paper cutter because so many of us can neither spell or properly pronounce guillotine. :D
I do find it interesting to note that the inventor Antoine Louis lost out in the naming to the promoter Jo Guillotine. Mind you The Louis wouldn't seem to have the same ability to carry the fear of Guillotine.
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