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Old 09-07-2011, 04:42 PM
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Word Needed for the Space Under a Desk

Is there a word for the area under a desk into which your legs fit? I thought that it was called a well, but that doesn't show up in my dictionaries.

A modesty panel is the name for the strip of wood or metal across the front of the desk that prevented lechers from looking up of the skirts of secretaries back in the old days. But what it is that the modesty panel is in front of?
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Old 09-07-2011, 05:08 PM
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Is there a word for the area under a desk into which your legs fit? I thought that it was called a well, but that doesn't show up in my dictionaries.

A modesty panel is the name for the strip of wood or metal across the front of the desk that prevented lechers from looking up of the skirts of secretaries back in the old days. But what it is that the modesty panel is in front of?
I believe it's called a knee hole
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Old 09-07-2011, 05:11 PM
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actually, I think it's called a footwell
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Old 09-07-2011, 05:25 PM
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Knee hole or kneehole appears in the dictionary as the space under the desk. Thanks for that. The problem is that my memory tells me there's another word for it. It's not footwell: that seems to be car-specific.

But the word is used in comedies when people scrunch up hiding under the desk. They don't hide in the kneehole. They hide in the ...
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Old 09-07-2011, 05:34 PM
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space underneath the desk?
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Old 09-07-2011, 05:41 PM
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I propose that we start calling it the Ullage

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ullage

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ullage_(wine)

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Old 09-07-2011, 06:31 PM
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How about John-John's playpen?

(Note: the door in the front of the kneehole was added by FDR, to conceal his leg braces.)
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Old 09-07-2011, 07:50 PM
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The carpenter apparently did a lousy job of it.
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Old 09-07-2011, 07:59 PM
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The place where George takes his naps.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W__qCFWi1KA
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Old 09-07-2011, 08:01 PM
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How about John-John's playpen?

(Note: the door in the front of the kneehole was added by FDR, to conceal his leg braces.)
Or "Monica's prayer mat"?
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Old 09-07-2011, 08:04 PM
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The place where George takes his naps.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W__qCFWi1KA
Post 5, cued up and everything.
Pwned
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Old 09-07-2011, 09:06 PM
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That's a different desk. Kennedy was the first President to use the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office. Previously (and during the G. H. W. Bush presidency) it was used elsewhere in the White House. Also, the front panel wasn't commissioned until 1944, and only actually got added after FDR had died.
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Old 09-07-2011, 09:15 PM
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Post 5, cued up and everything.
Pwned
Doesn't count. You were cryptic about what your were referencing. There wasn't any way to know it was a Seinfeld reference without watching the video.
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Old 09-07-2011, 09:25 PM
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I just googled it (like everyone else I'm sure) and amongst all the references to kneehole I did happen across one random person calling it a kickspace. Could that be what you were thinking of? At the very least it sounds better then kneehole and I think most people would immediately know what was being talked about. Especially if the word desk was nearby.
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Old 09-07-2011, 09:39 PM
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I just googled it (like everyone else I'm sure) and amongst all the references to kneehole I did happen across one random person calling it a kickspace. Could that be what you were thinking of? At the very least it sounds better then kneehole and I think most people would immediately know what was being talked about. Especially if the word desk was nearby.
That sounds exactly like it should be the word. But I can't find anybody who uses it, not even your random person.

Let's start using it. All of us. Not one of us. Not two of us. At least three of us. If three people do it, three, can you imagine, three people calling the leg area under a desk a kickspace. They may think it's an organization. And can you, can you imagine fifty people a day, I said fifty people a day calling the leg area under a desk a kickspace. Friends, they may think it's a movement.

And that's what it is, the Call the Leg Area Under a Desk a Kickspace Movement. With feeling.
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Old 09-07-2011, 09:42 PM
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To combine two previous answers, I have heard kneewell to refer to the space in question.
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Old 09-07-2011, 09:43 PM
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That sounds exactly like it should be the word. But I can't find anybody who uses it, not even your random person.

Let's start using it. All of us. Not one of us. Not two of us. At least three of us. If three people do it, three, can you imagine, three people calling the leg area under a desk a kickspace. They may think it's an organization. And can you, can you imagine fifty people a day, I said fifty people a day calling the leg area under a desk a kickspace. Friends, they may think it's a movement.

And that's what it is, the Call the Leg Area Under a Desk a Kickspace Movement. With feeling.
Slow your role there buddy. They'll put you on the Group W bench with the father rapers and mother stabbers and that guy that put that an envelope under a half a ton of garbage.
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Old 09-07-2011, 09:46 PM
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To combine two previous answers, I have heard kneewell to refer to the space in question.
How about leg well? I can find some pages that refer to the space as that.
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Old 09-07-2011, 09:46 PM
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Kickspace.
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Old 09-07-2011, 10:31 PM
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Kickspace.
Again. With feeling.
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Old 09-07-2011, 10:35 PM
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Kickspace, man!
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Old 09-07-2011, 10:49 PM
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The Big Lewinsky.
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Old 09-07-2011, 11:10 PM
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According to Ronald Reagan -- a nuclear waste storage site.

"All the waste in a year from a nuclear power plant can be stored under a desk."
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Old 09-08-2011, 12:06 AM
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Good question. Went to OSHA and another site I lost where they give average desk heights, but n.g.

Best idea would be to write to a furniture expert at Sotheby say, for a guess.

Any takers?
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Old 09-08-2011, 09:46 AM
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That's just silly. Where would I put my bag?
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Old 09-08-2011, 11:05 AM
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Footwell, as previously mentioned, is a very good analogous term from the automotive industry.

I think most people would understand what you mean if you use it in this context.
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Old 09-08-2011, 11:19 AM
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can we call it the 'legroom'?

"He's hiding in the desk legroom."

though i'm not sure how that's better than simply

"He's hiding under the desk."
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Old 09-08-2011, 02:27 PM
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That's just silly. Where would I put my bag?
In the nuclear waste dump. There's plenty of room, now that they're putting the waste under desks.
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Old 09-08-2011, 02:41 PM
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I just googled it (like everyone else I'm sure) and amongst all the references to kneehole I did happen across one random person calling it a kickspace. Could that be what you were thinking of? At the very least it sounds better then kneehole and I think most people would immediately know what was being talked about. Especially if the word desk was nearby.
I've heard it called "kickspace" since the 70's.

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Old 09-08-2011, 02:42 PM
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Kickspace, man!
I came to post this, and I'd like to second, ... erm ..., third it. I'd seen it called that on blueprints, and such, and that's what I use to describe "that part in built-in desks what where your legs go." I make it a point of reminding people who are designing say, a laboratory layout, "computer keyboard and monitor goes there, not elsewhere, and some instrument you stand up to use goes elsewhere." Not that they always listen, but its a good start to planning a layout.
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Old 09-08-2011, 05:55 PM
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I came to post this, and I'd like to second, ... erm ..., third it. I'd seen it called that on blueprints, and such, and that's what I use to describe "that part in built-in desks what where your legs go." I make it a point of reminding people who are designing say, a laboratory layout, "computer keyboard and monitor goes there, not elsewhere, and some instrument you stand up to use goes elsewhere." Not that they always listen, but its a good start to planning a layout.
We have a new winner! Duck, cover, and you better come on in my kickspace, baby, it's goin' to be raining outdoors.
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