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AlexanderIII

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Russian
Dear all,
this is from the story "The Solter Collection" by Brian Lillie. Alice is a librarian is some university museum. The sentence below refers to the storage room.

Alice pulled the string light and pointed to the back of the locker
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As I can see in the google pictures string light is a kind of garland of lights that are used for example to decorate Christmas tree with. What foxes me is it is unlikely that garlands are used in a storage room. Besides Alice pulled (or in the other place tugged) the string light. I suspect it is just a switch that operates if you pull the string attached to it. Is this correct?


 
  • Roxxxannne

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    American English (New England and NYC)
    I would call it a "light string".
    So would I. Other terms for it are 'pull chain' and 'pull cord.'
    I suspect that 'string light' in the story you;re reading is a mistake -- 'light string' makes much more sense in current US English.

    Also, by the way, the title of the story is "The Salter Collection," not Solter).
     

    AlexanderIII

    Senior Member
    Russian
    Also, by the way, the title of the story is "The Salter Collection," not Solter).
    Yes, Roxxxannne, you are right. I've corrected the name in #1.
    Thank you, RM1(SS) and Roxxxannne.
     
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