Is It a Twist or a Screw?
Posted: Nov 2, 2006 11:40am ET
The other night at a rollicking party in Napa, a woman who works in the wine business approached me about alternative closures.
She works for a big company in the valley and they are tired of the hassles with corks.
She said she appreciated my taking a stand on ... pause ... “What do you call them?”
I call them twist-offs, I said, and then without thinking too much, explained my use of that term. It’s because that’s the action we use to remove the cap. We twist if off.
Others call them screw caps, which, for me is the process of putting the seal on the bottle. You screw it on.
For what seems like obvious reasons, I prefer the term twist-off, or twisty for short, to screw cap.
Something about that word screw doesn’t have the right ring.
How about you? What do you call them? What should we call them? Does it really matter?
I think adopting one term would be a positive step. I suppose I can even learn to live with screw cap. Well, maybe not.