My father said it was a tool, maybe a type of drill? I can't remember, unfortunately. 


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From: Richard Fischer via Callers

Date: Thu, Jan 28, 2016 1:34 PM

To: Andrea Nettleton;


Subject:Re: [Callers] Walk around, ease around etc.

The Oxford English Dictionary gives both pronunciations for "gimbal" with the "soft" g first:  


I followed their etymology trail, and it seems to ultimately come from a word meaning "twin."


On Jan 27, 2016, at 6:30 PM, Andrea Nettleton via Callers wrote:

Thanks, Delia, for somehow understanding what I meant despite the spate of autocorrects and typos.  

It is pronounced with a hard "g" as in gill, just to be clear.

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On Jan 27, 2016, at 3:10 PM, Delia Clark <> wrote:

I agree that a playful name would be a wonderful way to go for this very playful move. I like Gimbal for that reason. Just checking, it’s pronounced “gym-bal” right?

There was one other playful suggestion sometime in the past couple of weeks, in addition to gyre, but try as I might, I just can’t find it in the rich flow of email on this topic, so if someone wants to re-nominate it, with the goal of a rememberable and playful name in mind, please do. I know that indicates it’s not passing the rememberability test for me at the moment but, to be fair, I was just skimming on a work night when it flew by.

On Jan 27, 2016, at 5:57 PM, Andrea Nettleton via Callers <> wrote:

What I feel
Is missing from these expressions is twofold.  One is memorability.  We remember things better to which we attach emotions of some kind.  A name people giggle or oo ah about is going to stick and be pleasurable each time they hear it.  I love the name Mad Robin, as an example of a distinctive and whimsical name for a dance move, which could as easily be called a sideways do si do.  The second is the sense of playful interaction that gypsy has always engendered.  I don't want to restart the discussion of why that is, but I do want to keep that in the move, along with eye contact, rather than go to a dry workmanlike term.  So nice of to have to invite play, but perhaps only need to mention that you look at your P, N, Sh, as you (new name) around them by the (R/L Sh).  I think that was the appeal to me of the word Gimbal, which somehow revoked both rotation and play all in one. I hope I'm not alone in this desire, though I know we are often of very diverse opinions as a group.

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