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Old 8th Feb 2009, 17:08
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Origin of the name "Gnome"

Okay; it's a daft question, but this is Jet Blast after all!

What is the origin of the name "Gnome", for all those little comical garden statues?

Her Indoors came up with one today that I won't repeat, even on Jet Blast, as it was daft and rubbish!

So what does everyone else think it means?
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Old 8th Feb 2009, 17:16
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A gnome is a mythical creature characterized by its extremely small size and subterranean lifestyle.[1] The word gnome is derived from the New Latin gnomus. It is often claimed to descend from the Greek γνώσις gnosis, "knowledge", but more likely comes from genomos "earth-dweller", in which case the omission of e is, as the OED calls it, a blunder. Another possibility is that it comes from the Arabic نوم (Noum),[citation needed] which means sleep. It is also possible that Paracelsus simply made the word up. Notable Gnomes in English Folklore include Sprin, Rumo, Pinny, Fislet and Glucifer.
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Old 8th Feb 2009, 17:30
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Nah

It's a Rotary(not radial) engine, crankshaft fixed to the firewall.
 
Old 8th Feb 2009, 17:41
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Also an axial flow gas turbine used in helicopters.

Come on, I'm sure we're all dying to know, what was the explanation the other half offered?
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Old 8th Feb 2009, 18:07
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Science teacher at my old school he was a gnome (that was his nickname can't remember his real name). Walked around in a white coat with a reddish pink face and white hair. Looked like one that you had to paint yourself. Small, about 5'6".

Gnome (adj.) - alternative name of science teacher.
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Old 8th Feb 2009, 18:47
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Hmmm dunno if this helps but the bit that sticks up from a sundial that casts the shadow is called a Gnomon? not sure of the spelling.
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Old 8th Feb 2009, 18:51
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Whatever happened to the Gnome Service?
I think we should be told.
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Old 8th Feb 2009, 19:18
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We had a Geography teacher who was two foot tall & looked like a Gnome, so we called him the Gnome. His car was the Gnome mobile. Then, a gift from heaven, he traded it in & bought a Mini Metro.

We had the MetroGnome! Class that was.
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Old 8th Feb 2009, 20:49
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Isn't it where some Alaskan dog race ends up?
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Old 8th Feb 2009, 22:43
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Ain't you lot got no gnomes to go to?
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Old 8th Feb 2009, 23:32
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Just singing:

There's gnome business like gnome business -

Gnome gnome on the range where -
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Old 8th Feb 2009, 23:40
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We had a fellow instructor at Cranwell whom we called WOG

Wizened Old Gnome

Well, actually, he was called WOC but wog fits as well.
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Old 9th Feb 2009, 00:12
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Then there's Gnome's Law . . .

. . . and Gnome man's land . . .

. . . and Gnomenclature.

They also say that there's Gnome place like home . . .


Anyone else want to Gnomenate others?
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Old 9th Feb 2009, 02:00
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And I thought it was a word with gnome meaning.
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Old 9th Feb 2009, 07:35
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Whatever happened to the Gnome Service?
Is that the same as the National Elf Service?
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Old 9th Feb 2009, 07:50
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I spent a sizeable portion of my life trying to keep Gnomes working properly. Rolls Royce borrowed them from Allison and nailed them with the RR logo, but that didn't make them work any better. We were sequestered in Astwick Manor to be initiated into the mystery. Astwick Manor is still there but the Gnomes are long gone. If you ask me, Gnomes are best off in Switzerland, burrowing underground to count their (our?) shekels.
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Old 9th Feb 2009, 07:54
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Nobody mentioned Gegnomes yet then?

(Own up, I'm a gnome, ain't I right, haha)
"Haven't you got an 'ome to go to?"
(No, we're gnomads)
"Didn't they teach you to get your hair cut at school?
you look like a rolling gnome."
(No, not at the London School of Ecognomics)
D. Bowie "The Laughing Gnome"
Laughing Gnome Lyrics by David Bowie
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Old 9th Feb 2009, 12:19
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Lord Gnome has done rather nicely out of Private Eye.
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Old 9th Feb 2009, 12:28
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It all wemt downhill since the invention of the gnomatic tyre
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Old 9th Feb 2009, 13:35
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Gnomatic tyres are handy if you have a mobile gnome
you can tow around.
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