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    varnishing her fingernails

    She likes varnishing her fingernails.

    Is 'varnishing' fine?

    Thanks.

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    Re: varnishing her fingernails

    I think polishing is better. Varnish is a solvent usually used on wood.

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    #3

    Re: varnishing her fingernails

    If you mean having colour on the fingernails, generally painting is used. But it is "nail polish" that is used.


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    Re: varnishing her fingernails

    Quote Originally Posted by Searching for language View Post
    If you mean having colour on the fingernails, generally painting is used. But it is "nail polish" that is used.

    Here I buy Nail varnish, and have varnished nails. It can also be called nail polish, but the terms are interchangeable. However, if the nails are polished, I would expect it to be done with a buffer and a special rouge, similar to jewellers' rouge.

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    Re: varnishing her fingernails

    Ok, I guess it's like conveyancing... something we don't say here that much, but that is said in the UK.

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    #6

    Re: varnishing her fingernails

    The web seems to support my suspicion that varnish is mainly the type of solvent used on wood, actually:

    Definitions of varnish on the Web:

    * cover with varnish
    * a coating that provides a hard, lustrous, transparent finish to a surface
    wordnet.princeton.edu/perl/webwn

    * Varnish is a HTTP accelerator designed for content-heavy dynamic web sites. In contrast to other HTTP accelerators, many of which began life as client-side proxies or origin servers, Varnish was designed from the ground up as an HTTP accelerator. ...
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Varnish_(Software)

    * Varnish is a transparent, hard, protective finish or film primarily used in wood finishing but also for other materials. ...
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Varnish

    * A type of paint with a solvent that evaporates to leave a hard, transparent, glossy film; Anything resembling such a paint; By extension: A ...
    en.wiktionary.org/wiki/varnish

    * varnished - stained: having a coating of stain or varnish
    wordnet.princeton.edu/perl/webwn

    * a thin, protective coating applied to a printed sheet for protection or appearance
    PolyPrint Design - Printing FAQs - Glossary

    * A coating added on top of paper to serve as protection, add a finish, or add a tinge of color. Varnishes are very effective in adding emphasis or eye-appeal to printed material.
    printing glossary of terms

    * A liquid composition that is converted to a transparent solid film after being applied in a thin layer
    Paint glossary at Ace Hardware and Hearth and Ace Home & Leisure

    * A thin protective coating applied like an ink on printed material. It is in aid to protect the printing from dirt and damage.
    Everfast Labels: Glossary of Printing Terms

    * varnishing - The application of a protective coat of varnish to the surface of a painting.
    Conservation Terms - Church Hill Classics

    * varnishing - To apply oil, synthetic, spirit, cellulose or water varnish to printed matter by hand or machine to enhance its appearance or increase its durability.
    Lithosphere Print Glossary

    * varnishing - a finishing process whereby a transparent varnish is applied over the printed sheet to produce a glossy finish.
    Purdue University Printing Services - Glossary R to Z

    * A protective coating composed of a vegetable oil (linseed, tung, etc.) and a solvent, or of a synthetic or natural resin and solvent. A flooring material composed of a mixture of vari-ous vinyl compounds (Vinyl Chloride, Vinyl Acetate), asbestos, ground limestone, plasticizers, and colorants. ...
    Misco Products Corporation - Home

    * A liquid protective coating
    community.thenest.com/cs/ks/blogs/decortricks/pages/decor-tricks-glossary.aspx

    Find definitions of varnish in: Chinese (Simplified) Chinese (Traditional) English all languages...

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    Re: varnishing her fingernails

    The web seems to support my suspicion that varnish is mainly the type of solvent used on wood, actually:

    Definitions of varnish on the Web:

    * cover with varnish
    * a coating that provides a hard, lustrous, transparent finish to a surface
    wordnet.princeton.edu/perl/webwn

    * Varnish is a HTTP accelerator designed for content-heavy dynamic web sites. In contrast to other HTTP accelerators, many of which began life as client-side proxies or origin servers, Varnish was designed from the ground up as an HTTP accelerator. ...
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Varnish_(Software)

    * Varnish is a transparent, hard, protective finish or film primarily used in wood finishing but also for other materials. ...
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Varnish

    * A type of paint with a solvent that evaporates to leave a hard, transparent, glossy film; Anything resembling such a paint; By extension: A ...
    en.wiktionary.org/wiki/varnish

    * varnished - stained: having a coating of stain or varnish
    wordnet.princeton.edu/perl/webwn

    * a thin, protective coating applied to a printed sheet for protection or appearance
    PolyPrint Design - Printing FAQs - Glossary

    * A coating added on top of paper to serve as protection, add a finish, or add a tinge of color. Varnishes are very effective in adding emphasis or eye-appeal to printed material.
    printing glossary of terms

    * A liquid composition that is converted to a transparent solid film after being applied in a thin layer
    Paint glossary at Ace Hardware and Hearth and Ace Home & Leisure

    * A thin protective coating applied like an ink on printed material. It is in aid to protect the printing from dirt and damage.
    Everfast Labels: Glossary of Printing Terms

    * varnishing - The application of a protective coat of varnish to the surface of a painting.
    Conservation Terms - Church Hill Classics

    * varnishing - To apply oil, synthetic, spirit, cellulose or water varnish to printed matter by hand or machine to enhance its appearance or increase its durability.
    Lithosphere Print Glossary

    * varnishing - a finishing process whereby a transparent varnish is applied over the printed sheet to produce a glossy finish.
    Purdue University Printing Services - Glossary R to Z

    * A protective coating composed of a vegetable oil (linseed, tung, etc.) and a solvent, or of a synthetic or natural resin and solvent. A flooring material composed of a mixture of vari-ous vinyl compounds (Vinyl Chloride, Vinyl Acetate), asbestos, ground limestone, plasticizers, and colorants. ...
    Misco Products Corporation - Home

    * A liquid protective coating
    community.thenest.com/cs/ks/blogs/decortricks/pages/decor-tricks-glossary.aspx

    Find definitions of varnish in: Chinese (Simplified) Chinese (Traditional) English all languages...



    Though I am sure you're right people sometimes use it for nails.


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    Re: varnishing her fingernails

    All very interesting, but not really of relevance to what we women use as a hard coating on our nails.

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    Re: varnishing her fingernails

    Many thanks for the enthusiastic participation by all the members who responded to my query.

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    Re: varnishing her fingernails

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    All very interesting, but not really of relevance to what we women use as a hard coating on our nails.
    I think it has a great deal of relevance to the question posed. All the references mentioned by konungursvia support the answer that the term varnish is used generally on wood, not on nails.

    I am not a teacher.

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