Thursday, October 8, 2009

Jargon of the Week - Post defines post as:

post(1) [pohst]

1. a strong piece of timber, metal, or the like, set upright as a support, a point of attachment, a place for displaying notices, etc.
2. Furniture. one of the principal uprights of a piece of furniture, as one supporting a chair back or forming one corner of a chest of drawers. Compare stump (def. 11).
3. Papermaking. a stack of 144 sheets of handmolded paper, interleaved with felt.
4. Horse Racing. a pole on a racetrack indicating the point where a race begins or ends: the starting post.
5. the lane of a racetrack farthest from the infield; the outside lane. Compare pole 1 (def. 4).
6. Computers.
a. a message that is sent to a newsgroup.
b. text that is placed on a Web site.

–verb (used with object)
7. to affix (a notice, bulletin, etc.) to a post, wall, or the like.
8. to bring to public notice by or as by a poster or bill: to post a reward.
9. to denounce by a public notice or declaration: They were posted as spies.
10. to publish the name of in a list: to post a student on the dean's list.
11. to publish the name of (a ship) as missing or lost.
12. to placard (a wall, fence, etc.) with notices, bulletins, etc.: The wall was posted with announcements.
13. to put up signs on (land or other property) forbidding trespassing:: The estate has been posted by the owner.
14. Computers.
a. to send (a message) to a newsgroup.
b. to place (text) on a Web site.

–verb (used without object)
15. Computers.
a. to send a message to a newsgroup.
b. to place text on a Web site.

bef. 1000; ME, OE < L postis a post, doorpost, whence also D, LG post, G Pfosten

post(2) [pohst]

1. a position of duty, employment, or trust to which one is assigned or appointed: a diplomatic post.
2. the station or rounds of a person on duty, as a soldier, sentry or nurse.
3. a military station with permanent buildings.
4. a local unit of a veterans' organization.
5. trading post.
6. a place in the stock exchange where a particular stock is traded.
7. (in the British military services) either of two bugle calls (first post and last post) giving notice of the time to retire for the night, similar in purpose to the U.S. taps.
8. the body of troops occupying a military station.

–verb (used with object)
9. to place or station at a post.
10. to provide or put up, as bail.
11. to appoint to a post of command.

1590–1600; < F poste < It posto < L positum, neut. of positus, ptp. of pōnere to place, put; cf. posit


1. Chiefly British. a. a single dispatch or delivery of mail.
b. the mail itself.
c. the letters and packages being delivered to a single recipient.
d. an established mail system or service, esp. under government authority.
2. British. post office (def. 1).
3. (formerly) one of a series of stations along a route, for furnishing relays of men and horses for carrying mail, currency, etc.
4. (formerly) a person who traveled express, esp. over a fixed route, carrying mail, currency, etc.
5. Printing. a size of printing paper or, esp. in Britain, of drawing or writing paper, about 16 × 20 in. (41 × 51 cm).
6. post quarto, Chiefly British. a size of book, about 8 × 10 in. (20 × 25 cm), untrimmed. Abbreviation: post 4vo

–verb (used with object)
7. Chiefly British. to place in a post office or a mailbox for transmission; mail.
8. Bookkeeping.
a. to transfer (an entry or item), as from the journal to the ledger.
b. to enter (an item) in due place and form.
c. to make all the requisite entries in (the ledger, etc.).
9. to supply with up-to-date information; inform: Keep me posted on his activities.

verb (used without object)
10. Manège. to rise from and descend to the saddle in accordance with the rhythm of a horse at a trot.
11. to travel with speed; go or pass rapidly; hasten.

12. with speed or haste; posthaste.
13. by post or courier.
14. with post horses.

15. post octavo, a size of book, from about 5 × 8 in. to 5 1/4 × 8 1/4 in. (13 × 20 cm to 13 1/3 × 21 cm), untrimmed, in America; 5 × 8 in. (13 × 20 cm), untrimmed, in England. Abbreviation: post 8vo

1500–10; < F poste < It posta < L posita, fem. of positus, ptp. of pōnere to place, put.  
.... does include jargon from many other industries when defining post. It however, doesn't mention the way post is used in the quilting world.

When a quilter refers to a post on a quilt, they are talking about the corner posts or corner stones. These are the squares used sometimes to end sashing. Using the same photo from last week's sashing post, I can describe what exactly a post is. (Did you notice I used the word post two different ways in that last sentence? I must be a nerd because I got a real kick out of doing that.)

In the quilt shown in the photo below, the sashing is created using black rectangles. The posts are created by the pink or fuschia squares that are placed everywhere the black sashing rectangles meet.

(Photo above belongs to my grandmother. This quilt is also probably at least a hundred years old and is thought to have been made by my great-great grandmother and her sister-in-law.)

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