Talk:ear

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auricle[edit]

ear is here being described as a the entire hearing organ, which it of course is, but am I totally wrong in thinking that it is used specifically for the outer ear (pinna, auricle)? --sanna 08:36, 18 July 2006 (UTC)

No, it means auricle specifically. —Stephen 15:35, 18 July 2006 (UTC)
So should there be another definition listing this specific usage? Or am I misunderstanding Stephen?--sanna 18:49, 18 July 2006 (UTC)
Yes, there definitely should be more definitions. There are: (1) the composite organ; (2) the external ear; (3) the sense of hearing (pleasing to the ear); (4) attention (to gain someone’s ear); (5) architectural senses; (6) sensitive perception to quality of sound (a good ear for music); (7) mechanical senses; and probably a number of others.. —Stephen 21:17, 18 July 2006 (UTC)

The hole of a needle[edit]

The eye of a needle
Danish : øje, nåleøje
Dutch  : oog (nl), naaldoog
English: eye (en) 
Faroese: eyga
Norweg.:
*Bokmål: øye (no)
*Nynor.: auge (nn)
Swedish: öga (sv), nålsöga (sv)

Spanish: ojo (es)
The ear of a needle, as it were
German : Öhr (de), Nadelöhr (de)

Czech  : ucho (cs)
Polish : ucho (pl)
Russian: уховёртка (ru) (uxovjórtka)
Serbo-Croatian: uholaža
Slovak : ucholak

Korean :  (ko) (gwi), 
         바늘 (baneul-gwi)

You may be interested in the above comparison. Roughly, Germanic but for German means the hole of a needle by the eye, while Slavonic by the ear. For example, then, German Ohrwurm lit. earworm might better mean such a worm with something like the ear (eye) of a needle than one that is superstitiously feared to burrow into the ear. See also Wiktionary:Etymology scriptorium #earworm.

--KYPark (talk) 15:27, 5 March 2013 (UTC)