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Antonym for Antechamber (Speleologists?)

awnlee jawking

I've accessed the top thesauri on Google and failed to find anything remotely acceptable. Then it occurred to me that a suitable term might be purloinable from speleology. So, for the spelunkers amongst us, is there a name for a small side chamber off the main chamber of a cave?

Ta muchly,

AJ

Replies:   Ernest Bywater
Ross at Play

The most suitable candidates I can find are recess or alcove.

Replies:   awnlee jawking
Ernest Bywater

I've heard side cave used, but that's all.

If you're actually talking about a room in a building, then you have some choices depending on what the building is, for example a vestry in a church would count. While a coat room or gowning room would also count is some other cases.

Replies:   awnlee jawking
awnlee jawking

@Ross at Play

Thanks, but I'm afraid neither really works with my context :(

AJ

awnlee jawking

@Ernest Bywater

I've heard side cave used


That's better than I already had so I changed it. Thank you. However I'd like something even better, if such a term exists.

AJ

Ernest Bywater

@awnlee jawking

speleology


not many there:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glossary_of_caving_and_speleology

Replies:   awnlee jawking
robberhands

I'd go with 'sinus' and unless you speak German, you'll probably won't get it.

Replies:   awnlee jawking
awnlee jawking

@Ernest Bywater

I guess spelunkers are too busy enjoying their obsession to spend time populating social media :(

AJ

Ross at Play

Grotto?

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awnlee jawking

@robberhands

I don't speak German but in English a sinus is a small cavity from eg the nasal cavity. Unfortunately I don't think it would translate to the context where I need it.

AJ

Ernest Bywater

@Ross at Play

Grotto?


they tend to be small and open to the outside only.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grotto

Replies:   Ross at Play
Ross at Play

@Ernest Bywater

Grotto?
they tend to be small and open to the outside only.

The definition in a glossary produced by the Australian Speleological Federation (http://home.mira.net/~gnb/caving/glossary/G.html) is:

A room of moderate dimensions in a cave, but richly decorated.

Replies:   awnlee jawking
awnlee jawking

@Ross at Play

In the UK the ornate certainly applies (although it's wrong for my context), but we think of grotto as a small stand-alone cave. If I used grotto rather than side cave, I think the readers would be unduly confused.

Apologies, and thanks for all the research you're doing. It was a constructive suggestion and I appreciate it.

AJ

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Ross at Play

@awnlee jawking

thanks for all the research you're doing.

You're welcome. It was a pleasant change to see a post about something related to writing. :-)

garymrssn
Updated:

GROT-HOLE. n. Colloquial term for a small insignificant cave with no possible leads, often tight and difficult to manoeuvre oneself in.




GLOSSARY OF CAVING TERMS

Replies:   awnlee jawking
awnlee jawking

@garymrssn

Thank you, but it doesn't fit my context.

Grot-hole was the vernacular from my younger days for a run-down, inhospitable pub.

The glossary of caving terms has misspelt Angels Wings.

AJ

Dominions Son

Make one up.

Ante is the prefix for before.

An antechamber is a smaller room before a larger room.

Post is the prefix for after, so how about postchamber?

Crumbly Writer

@Dominions Son

Post is the prefix for after, so how about postchamber?

That's the cleaning lady they hire after they've fired the chambermaid.

awnlee jawking

@Dominions Son

The problem is that the meaning has to be reasonably self-evident to readers.

I've been experimenting with names from other fields that indicate subsidiaries such as 'pup' or 'daughter' and obtained some bizarre results on google - do people really buy that sort of stuff?

AJ

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