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The next offering in “word definitions” is one that has been on a slow boil for some time. There is nothing more annoying than to have something called by other names than the original.

I have seen the words, “emery board,” slowly slide into disuse for many years, and for no other reason than the beauty industry decided to exclude the correct name in their curriculum. Sort of like cursive being excluded from schools.

Anyway, the next time you go into the store to pick up a “salon board,” please remember what it is actually called. 😉

Word Definition: Emery Board


  1. a small, stiff strip of paper or cardboard, coated with powdered emery, used in manicuring.

Origin of emery board


Source: Dictionary.com Unabridged

Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.