“Two nations divided by a common language.” Amen!
Sticks, chemists. Don’t these people in England speak English?<“‘Haven’t you got a stick or something.’ ‘Wish I had,’ he said through numb lips. What was the point in pretending? He was dreading having to walk even to the end of the bridge. ‘We can get one,’ said Robin. ‘Chemists sell them. We’ll find one.’ . . . ‘Lean on me.’ ‘I’m too heavy.’ ‘To balance. Use me like a stick. Do it,’ she said firmly.”—The Silkworm by Robert Gailbraith, page 203.>
On this side of the rift we would always say cane. There is the ‘walking stick.’ but that is rarely used. If you walked into a medical supply store and asked for a stick, you would probably get the reply, ‘You’re not from around here are you. Are you looking for a cane?’
Around here chemists are scientists specializing in chemistry. They probably wouldn’t be selling canes. You might try a pharmacist or druggist at a drug store or as I said above a medical supply store.
But never the twain shall meet!
Ken Greenwald – September 13, 2015