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    lint stuff or lenitive stuff?

    This is the dialogue from a British movie, released in 1961:

    - Where do you keep the ____ stuff?
    - It's up there.
    - What dou you think we ought to use, iodine, disinfectant or what?

    It's clear he is asking his wife for the first aid kit.

    Which one of the words make sense here, lint or lenitive? I guess it's colloquial or slang.
    Please, see the attached audio clip.
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    Re: lint stuff or lenitive stuff?

    I'm at work so I can't listen to the recording but "lint" makes sense. As far as I know, "lenitive" isn't even a word. Does the person perhaps say "lint and stuff"?

    See definition 1 HERE.
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    Re: lint stuff or lenitive stuff?

    Thanks, emsr2d2. Lenitive, of course, is a word, meaning "something that alleviates pain or harsness".
    See this: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lenitive

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    Re: lint stuff or lenitive stuff?

    OK, thanks, I'd never heard of it and didn't have time to look it up.
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    Re: lint stuff or lenitive stuff?

    He asks, "Where do you keep the lint and stuff?"
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    Re: lint stuff or lenitive stuff?

    According to this dictionary, lenitive is archaic and it's a laxative, which is one way of alleviating pain I suppose.
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    Re: lint stuff or lenitive stuff?

    It does sound like "lint and stuff." But what does it mean? Is lint British English for cotton balls or something?
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: lint stuff or lenitive stuff?

    From the Oxford dictionary:
    lint: A fabric, originally of linen, with a raised nap on one side, used for dressing wounds.‘he smeared ointment on a strip of lint’
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    https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/lint

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    Re: lint stuff or lenitive stuff?

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    It does sound like "lint and stuff." But what does it mean? Is lint British English for cotton balls or something?
    As I said in post #2, there is a BrE definition that fits perfectly.
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    Re: lint stuff or lenitive stuff?

    I heard lint 'n' stuff.

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