Those little round things on fabric - aren't they appealing! They add surprise to some designs and even make up projects on their own. I can't get enough of them.
I've noticed that Australians called them "spots" and North Americans label them "polka dots" (apologies to other English speaking regions), just like Aussies talk about taps, bonnets, holidays, foundation piecing etc and North Americans refer to faucets, hoods, vacations and paper piecing.
No problem, just a minor cultural difference.
Until I happened to look in the dictionary. While I was in the 'p' section I noticed
polka dot (n) one of a pattern of small circular regularly spaced spots on a fabric
so I immediately went to the 's' section and looked up spots. Well there are 25 interpretations of spots but none of them described spots the way I refer to them. I didn't get too excited until I closed the dictionary and discovered it is the Collins AUSTRALIAN Concise dictionary!!! So Aussies don't call them spots either. How did Australian quilters claim that word?
A brief respite from this wordiness, for another photo
Some of my bolts of dotted fabric - notice the roll of dots, 1.5m wide and only (!) 10m long shyly standing in the corner. "Dots" is a good compromise:
dot (n) a small round mark; spot; point.
Seems like I have lost my muse, so I have been busy tidying up my fabrics and pondering language. I hope to find my sewing self somewhere in my stash.