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Chris -- 2011-03-08
The Phoenicians gave us the alphabet, purple fabrics, and Carthage – so why not those thingamajobbers that hang in front of the windows, too? Examples:
Sliding window with Phoenician blinds
http://www.klil.co.il/Klil_English/Site … =27&fid=59
We ought to go home this morning and let down our Phoenician blinds and fall on our faces in shame and humiliation before God.
On Friday, for example, I decided that it was high time to clean all the phoenician blinds in the house – in the rain!!
http://im-sbi.net/~chewbacca/2001/12/im … t-man.html
And in this case, not my PC operating system, the quartzy glass “Window” variety that keeps the
bugs, rain, wind, intruders & aliens out & is the leading reason why Shades, Curtains & Phoenician Blinds are so popular these Days.
There’s also a business in Glendale, Arizona called “Phoenician Blinds & Draperies” (http://phoenix.citysearch.com/profile/1706033/). Since Glendale is essentially a large suburb of Phoenix, we’re most likely dealing with a pun rather than an unselfconscious eggcorn.
Phoenician blinds definitely needs to be brought to the top for more delectation. Going a bit farther afield you might find the following alien malaprop dressing someone’s windows.
A unnatural white light softly streamed through yellowed and dusty venusian blinds from the streetlight that illuminates the back courtyard of my building.
My venusian blinds are somehow broken too, and I can’t lower them. My neighbour across the road is facing right in my window and has been STANDING up the entire time. I don’t know if he does this every day or if its a special christian day or something (he’s a gone again christian)
http://www.zoklet.net/bbs/archive/index … 36044.html
I was able to identify certain Film Noir characteristics such as Venusian blinds, these are used to block out the realism of reality from outside
http://mediacrewnerds.blogspot.ca/2012/ … lysed.html
It’s just as illegal anywhere in the US to display your jumblies in front of a huge window where someone could see it from the street.
But apparently they don’t own any venusian blinds in this town.
http://www.fark.com/comments/1275049/Go … -own-house
What about “Vanishing Blinds”? A lot of the hits are from India, so many that it might be standard. One example:
“Vanishing” for “Venetian” rings the semantic bell. They do sort of vanish when turned parallel to sight lines.
If you say vÁnetian rather than venÉtian, you’re there. The semantics work, as kem says, which is more than can be said for Venusian! Though I think Venusian blinds is a sublime find.
Venusian blinds sound otherworldly, but I’m pretty sure it’s not an eggcorn. Google offers Venusian as the second choice alternative spelling for Venesian, so it’s more along the lines of cupertino of the month.