Results 1 to 9 of 9
  1. Hedwig's Avatar
    Senior Member
    Interested in Language
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Spanish
      • Home Country:
      • Argentina
      • Current Location:
      • Argentina

    • Join Date: Jul 2011
    • Posts: 518
    #1

    Grout in the joints.

    Last Monday was a holiday in Argentina, and I spent most of it replacing the (grout) between the bathroom tiles.

    I've been doing some Internet search and I believe I'm right in calling the mortar-thingy I used grout, and the interstices between the tiles joints.

    Could anyone confirm this or correct me?

  2. emsr2d2's Avatar
    Moderator
    English Teacher
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2009
    • Posts: 43,816
    #2

    Re: Grout in the joints.

    Quote Originally Posted by Hedwig View Post
    Last Monday was a holiday in Argentina, and I spent most of it replacing the (grout) between the bathroom tiles.

    I've been doing some Internet search and I believe I'm right in calling the mortar-thingy I used grout, and the interstices between the tiles joints.

    Could anyone confirm this or correct me?
    The white stuff that you use to fill the spaces between tiles is certainly called "grout". And having now done some research of my own, I can confirm that the spaces between tiles are indeed called "joints".

    You learn something new every day.

  3. Hedwig's Avatar
    Senior Member
    Interested in Language
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Spanish
      • Home Country:
      • Argentina
      • Current Location:
      • Argentina

    • Join Date: Jul 2011
    • Posts: 518
    #3

    Re: Grout in the joints.

    Thank you both.
    And I'll be re-doing part of it next week-end, J&K, because I didn't do such a neat job. But now I've got experience, which I didn't have on Monday.

    Edit: I'm sure there was another answer by J&K Tutoring but now I'ts disappeared.

  4. Key Member
    English Teacher
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • China

    • Join Date: Aug 2011
    • Posts: 1,700
    #4

    Re: Grout in the joints.

    Second emsr2d2's confirmation and will add that, in the US, the word grout can also be used as a verb:

    I spent the weekend grouting the tiles in my bathroom.

    Tradesman to homeowner: "I'll come back tomorrow to grout the tiles."
    He might also use the term 'grout in' to mean the same thing.

    Don't forget to apply a sealer to the grout!

  5. Hedwig's Avatar
    Senior Member
    Interested in Language
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Spanish
      • Home Country:
      • Argentina
      • Current Location:
      • Argentina

    • Join Date: Jul 2011
    • Posts: 518
    #5

    Re: Grout in the joints.

    Oh, I see. You deleted your first post and wrote another one. So I'm not going mental.

    Thanks for the further information--grout as a verb.

  6. emsr2d2's Avatar
    Moderator
    English Teacher
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2009
    • Posts: 43,816
    #6

    Re: Grout in the joints.

    "To grout" means the same in BrE. I'm rubbish at grouting!

  7. Key Member
    English Teacher
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • China

    • Join Date: Aug 2011
    • Posts: 1,700
    #7

    Re: Grout in the joints.

    Hedwig-
    Yeah, that's the trouble with this kind of job. It requires experience to do a good job, but of course you don't have experience until after the job's done...

  8. VIP Member
    Interested in Language
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Apr 2009
    • Posts: 12,399
    #8

    Re: Grout in the joints.

    Experience is what you know today that you needed to know yesterday.

  9. Hedwig's Avatar
    Senior Member
    Interested in Language
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Spanish
      • Home Country:
      • Argentina
      • Current Location:
      • Argentina

    • Join Date: Jul 2011
    • Posts: 518
    #9

    Re: Grout in the joints.

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Experience is what you know today that you needed to know yesterday.
    Or, as someone else once put it, it's a comb you get when you've grown bald.

Similar Threads

  1. (takeout) joints = takeout low -class restaurant?
    By thedaffodils in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 17-May-2008, 20:45
  2. joints of meat
    By vil in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 06-Oct-2007, 19:34

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •