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Bars at a border

Posted: Sun Jun 28, 2020 1:32 pm
by Stevenloan
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Hi everybody! This is the border between US-Mexico. What term do you use for the tall iron or steel bar? There are many bars in this pictures.

Your answers will be greatly appreciated.

StevenLoan

Re: Bars at a border

Posted: Sun Jun 28, 2020 4:32 pm
by trolley
Good question, Steve. The whole structure is a fence. On a wooden fence, those vertical parts would be called pickets, or maybe spindles or balusters but that doesn't seem correct, in this case. If it was a wrought iron fence they would be spires. These ones seem a little too skookum to be called bars. Steel fence columns?

Re: Bars at a border

Posted: Sun Jun 28, 2020 5:41 pm
by trolley
It just occurred to me that "skookum" is probably not an adjective that folks outside my neck of the woods are familiar with. Bonnie, are you familiar with that word, down there?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skookum

Re: Bars at a border

Posted: Sun Jun 28, 2020 9:49 pm
by Phil White
The image below shows all the designs for the infamous Mexican border wall.
Your picture appears similar to design no. 8, where the elements are called "columns", but I would probably just say "posts" or something similar.
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Image from https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-46824649

Re: Bars at a border

Posted: Mon Jun 29, 2020 2:35 pm
by BonnieL
trolley wrote:
Sun Jun 28, 2020 5:41 pm
It just occurred to me that "skookum" is probably not an adjective that folks outside my neck of the woods are familiar with. Bonnie, are you familiar with that word, down there?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skookum
It's not a word that's on everyone's lips, but it is used. I have a favorite recipe from Whatchagot Stew by Patrick McManus & his sister Patricia called Skookum Minestrone Soup. (On a side note, it was partly because of him that we ended up where we now live. I got to meet him 3 times - funny & sweet guy!)

Re: Bars at a border

Posted: Mon Jun 29, 2020 7:08 pm
by Erik_Kowal
I too would call them posts. They are too slender and too densely packed to match my conception of a typical column.

Re: Bars at a border

Posted: Tue Jun 30, 2020 2:08 am
by Stevenloan
trolley, Phil White, BonnieL and Erik : Thank you all so much for your help. I really appreciate it.

StevenLoan