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271 days ago

In honour (honor) of the new “Vises of Your Dreams” thread, I would like to clear up a spelling issue that always causes trouble in these kinds of topics. Simply put both spellings are correct to describe the common clamping tool.
“Vice” is English and “Vise” is American. This may not be an issue for most of you but for a Canadian who spends half of his time in the U.S. and spends time on American based forums it can be a PITA. Just check out my projects and posts, I’m all over the place.
I think the phrase “Two countries divided by a common language” covers it nicely.

...... not a complaint, just an observation. ........ :-)

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#1 posted 271 days ago

Thanks for clearing that up.
So “build my new vise has become a vice” is a sentence?

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#2 posted 271 days ago

And when its Miami Vice its Floridian?

I’ve got plenty of vices, or vises, either works, just a different conversation.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#3 posted 271 days ago

I’m Canadian but go with ‘vise’ permanently because web page searches with ‘vice’ yield annoying results.

-- Perfection is the difference between too much and not enough.

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#4 posted 271 days ago

I thought a vice was a bad habit, such as the habit of collecting vises.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#5 posted 271 days ago

The way I have been taught is that a clamping tool is a Vise and the opposite of virtue is a Vice.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 271 days ago

Clamps and cramps always gets me.

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#7 posted 271 days ago

I could go either way on this one. Let’s make a decision…do we use vice (my personal favorite) or vise which seems to be the consensus? Of course when talking bad habits we again have the quandary. I’m so confused… Shipwright, what does your research tell us?

-- 2014 will be a different least for me it will.

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#8 posted 271 days ago

I thought Vice was a bad habit, and Vise was something used to hold or clamp an object.

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#9 posted 271 days ago

I just thought of this problem. Would advice be marketing for a good massage parlor and advise be marketing for woodworking clamps? You’ve really opened a deep, deep pit of quandary, or is that quarry?

-- 2014 will be a different least for me it will.

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#10 posted 271 days ago

Renners, I was about to post that one. Cramps, mostly used in England I believe.

-- Jim, Long Island, NY home of the chain leg vise

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#11 posted 271 days ago

so is a vice-president an unmoral man?

-- God exists... But relax, He's not you!

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#12 posted 271 days ago

Of course we haven’t started on the “color’ or “colour” controversy.

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#13 posted 271 days ago

Paul, thank you for clearing that up!

Every time I type that word, I wonder is it’s right or wrong…

Vice? What’s wrong with Vice… it’s no Vice! No Vice Squad needed here… :)

... must be Vise… LOL

I don’t have to worry about it EVER again! LOL
... thanks to you! :)

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#14 posted 271 days ago

Not a problem for me Paul. You can spell it however you like and I will just let the context be my guide.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#15 posted 271 days ago

When in Rome, do as the Romans do. When in the USA, we speak english. Not engrish, jinglish, nor chinglish. However, isn’t LJ worldwide? Where does a web site really reside? Maybe in Slovakia.

All in all, you can’t make folks change what they perceive as wrong. And as redSLED pointed out, you may be in the minority.

BTW: I had no idea that Canadians spelled it that way. Thanks for the info. Paul. I’ll try to be less critical. :)

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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