It’s used to water the garden or wash the car or give the dog a bath. You can even attach a sprinkler to it and snake it out across the yard and water the whole thing.
But do you know what they call this thing in Alabama? For a clue, just look at this statement by Alabama Slacker Mama. Reading her blog this morning was the inspiration for this post.
“You can water it with a hose pipe all you want, but nothing makes a garden grow like good ol' rain.”
Before I moved to Alabama, I had never heard of a “hose pipe,” and I’ve lived most of my life in the South. I remember the first time one of my subcontractors asked me if I had a hose pipe he could borrow I wondered what in the world he was talking about.
It turns out that I was the ignorant one. Searching the internet for a picture of a green garden hose, I found it right there on Wikipedia, that source of all useful information. It’s even a term used by the British, those proper people from across the pond.
“A garden hose or hosepipe is a flexible tube used to carry water.”
Just goes to show you that you that you’re never too old to learn.