Language is a curious thing. How we communicate is a Byzantine affair with twists and turns that reflect how truly complicated people are. But sometimes our English language gets out of hand, and a guy just needs to take a stand. (I know it is a bad thing to get “all political,” but my dander is up!)
I am talking about the “wing nut” conspiracy. I am tired of wing nut being used as a pejorative term for weirdos. For some reason, wing nuts — and I’m talking about the kind you use with a bolt here — have gotten a bad rap that is totally unfair. Just think about it: have you ever had a bad experience with a wing nut? Wing nuts have been my friends since I lost most of my dad’s closed- and open-end wrenches as a kid. Sure, there are times when you need an aircraft nut, hex nut or a Brazil nut … but I contend that if you can’t find them, a wing nut will do in a pinch. (Well, except for the Brazil nut.)
So I am proud to go on record that wing nuts rule. They are the bomb-diggity of fasteners. Wing nuts deserve respect, and I am on a mission to make that happen.
Rob Johnstone, Woodworker’s Journal
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