The obscure word of the week is sipe

look_it_up_T httpwww.clipartpal.comclipart_pdeducationdictionary_10586.htmlOne of the obscure English words I’ve discovered is sipe.

It’s a noun, and it means the channel in the tread of a tyre.

Your challenge? Write a sentence (or two) in the comments using this word.

Copyright © Matthew Wright 2016


7 thoughts on “The obscure word of the week is sipe

    1. Years ago, I recall car tyres being advertised here in New Zealand for their puddle-pumping properties on the back of siping – ‘aquajet radials’, I think they were branded. Of course all tyres do this and the marketing angle never ceased to intrigue me. It was about the time radials were becoming the norm as opposed to the old crossplies.

        1. Our British English origins :-)….though, in our ‘wild west’ period of the 1860s, we used US spellings and terms – ‘drugstore’, ‘honor’, and so forth. There were a lot of US gold miners here at the time, but the origins of the practice seem to go back earlier than that – there was apparently a lot more ‘Pacific frontier’ interchange than we imagine these days.

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