Is there a sniglet for ...
... the realization that you have just put your hands under an old-fashioned sink -- one without a motion sensor?
This must be a relatively new situation, since sinks, toilets and paper towel dispensers with motion sensor activators have only recently become commonplace.
Since I get out a lot, I'm used to just putting my hands under a faucet and expecting water to come out, or waving my hand in front of a paper towel dispenser and expecting the stuff to roll out.
But there have been more than a few times when I've gone into a bathroom, stuck my hands under the sink and nothing has happened ...
Normally, it takes me a second or two to realize that it's an old-fashioned sink -- one without a motion sensor. I'm not the brightest bulb in the pack, by the way.
Is there a name for this realization?
I'd have to say, my favorite sniglet is ignasecond -- the moment you realize you have just locked your keys in your car. And what is probably the most instantly recognizable sniglet is pediddel ("A car with only one working headlight"). I always wondered where that word came from.
Something else I didn't know -- when you spot a pediddel, you're supposed to kiss the person next to you, at least, according to Sun columnist Susan Reimer. Wish I'd heard of that rule earlier. On second thought, maybe not.
But I would like someone to suggest a name for the "moment of no motion sensor" realization. If someone comes up with one I really like, I'll give that person a prize.
(Sun photo by Christopher T. Assaf)