Clevis

clevisA clevis ((klévəs). Used on the farm to hitch a wagon to a tractor. An everyday object of my past. An honored relic. I just bought this one on eBay for $8. Was it worth it? Why did I buy it? To have it. To have it near me. After so many years of neglecting clevis. Famous for having two meanings (from to cleave: i.e. to cling and to part.). I love the twist. Not all clevises have the twist. Ours did. Another word that I like is titanic; how it meant “indestructible” until The Titanic sank. Now the word isn’t used for that purpose, or any purpose at all.

3 thoughts on “Clevis

  1. Dear small town prairie boy,
    You have nothing to be ashamed of. I don’t know why some clevises have a twist and some don’t, and I don’t know what difference it makes either. I just always like the twisted ones.
    A.

    I am ashamed to say – small town, prairie boy that I am – that I have never encountered a twisted clevis. How does it function differently from a flat clevis?

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    • Dear small town prairie boy,
      You have nothing to be ashamed of. I don’t know why some clevises have a twist and some don’t, and I don’t know what difference it makes either. I just always like the twisted ones.
      A.

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