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Gumbo’s Pic of the Day, November 28, 2014: Postcards from Morocco - the lamp shop



A lamp vendor's shop in one of the myriad crooked alleyways within the covered souk (market) of Marrakech which I loved for its shapes and colours of the lamps and shades.


The intricate lamps are made from old flattened tin cans, carefully cut out into the elaborate shapes, then punched through with tiny openings. After painstaking soldered assembly, the openings are then masked with brightly coloured glasses - and then sold for a few scant Dollars....



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Beautiful picture and beautiful thought.


When we talk about recycling, we usually mean that the materials are going back to go through the industrial process again...but again and again: here are the examples of the materials being turned locally into something completely different!

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Hi Paul - Good to see you're keeping on your toes.


Recycling  is a noun. "The recycling of paper" - again and again.


Recycle  is an adjective. "He made goods of recycled waste"


Two different words !


Never too old to learn !!


Google "Recycled Art" - it's fascinating stuff.



Example of "Recycled Art" in New York. Surprised you've never heard the expression ! 



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Last edited by GarryRF

All the uses of recycle really derive from its use as a verb. 'Recycling,' in the instance you cite, is not really a noun, but a gerund, a verb form that functions as a noun. However, if I say that the Lamp Man "was recycling materials in his shop" we've an example of the present participle.


The verb origin of 'recycle' also shows in your other example: 'recycled" functions as an adjective, but only works with the "d" at the end that marks it as taken from the past tense or possibly still in Britain perfect tense.


Now, have I made myself perfectly tense? <g,d&r>

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Last edited by PHeymont

No, they're right, alright, about the tinwright (great language we share, eh?). It's just the words that keep getting stuck. We don't recycle them often enough, perhaps...

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