Daily Prompt: Patina

Patina — pa·ti·na — pəˈtēnə/ –noun
1) a green or brown film on the surface of bronze or similar metals, produced by oxidation over a long period.
2) a gloss or sheen on wooden furniture produced by age and polishing.
3) an impression or appearance of something.
“He carries the patina of old money and good breeding”



I know the word from watching Antiques Roadshow all those years. It’s very important that one does not remove the patina from the wood antiques because it’s what collectors look for in a piece. It’s a mistake that many people make, they clean their antiques in the assumption that they’re taking the dirt off when what they’re doing is removing the patina. I’ve seen it time and again on the show.  My mom never let us use anything but oil on our wood furniture, so I knew never to use soap. I’m pretty sure that one shouldn’t let that green stuff build up on the bronze though… I dunno, I’m not an antique dealer. I guess some people like it. I don’t, think it looks like mold. I can’t even bear touch it except to clean that shit up. Which I will, every time. I don’t even care if I’m ruining the value. I don’t want that stuff in my sight. Anyway, Antiques Roadshow has been on the television for a long time, 20 years now. and I’ve watched it for most of those twenty years. I learned a bit, but mostly I watched it because it’s interesting.


leather with patina

Of course I knew the word before Antiques Roadshow was a thing, but it was one of those words that flew under my radar. Like the sentence above “He carries the patina of old money and good breeding.” which comes from Google by the way, I figured the meaning by the context of the sentence and moved on with my life.  In most of my reading, the word was used to describe leather or skin, and it usually meant worn, aged, or rubbed to a shiny coat. But, again, I just figured out the overall meaning from the context of the sentence and moved on. I never took the time to look it up or worry about what it “really” mean. So, I probably never knew, until I watched Antiques Roadshow that a patina was the gloss or film that coated inanimate objects because of age or polishing. But hey, that’s okay. Many people go their entire lives never hearing the word and they live rich and full existences despite themselves.

likeholidaytrafficOn a completely unrelated note. I’m back on my couch.  We moved everything into the room I was in previously and set it all up so I can sit at my desk and look out the window while I type, but after two days of working on my old computer, I’ve come to realize that there’s something wrong with it.  Like it’s incredibly slow.  It takes two whole minutes to open a window, and that’s just not acceptable. I’ve run a virus check (it found a trojan and “fixed” it).  I ran CCleaner twice and it fixed stuff like it always does. I ran Malwarebytes and it found stuff, but it’s still way slow. Since I haven’t used the silly thing in over a year, I can’t even imagine how it picked anything up, but I’m guessing that one of the updates it ran when I started it up the other day isn’t agreeing with it. So, here I am back on the couch because my other computer picked something up. Right now, I just don’t want to deal with it. Maybe tomorrow. I dunno. I can’t think of anything else I can do but nuke it back to its factory settings, which would put it back to Windows 8 and just keep it there. I’m not sure how long it will take before things stop working though. Before everything needs Win 10 to work. But that’s a problem for another day.

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2 thoughts on “Daily Prompt: Patina

  1. Marilyn Armstrong

    There’s a very thin line of difference between patina and rot. I try to keep the patina level very low because while the patina is building, the metal beneath is corroding and will eventually flake off entirely. Road Show isn’t always right 🙂



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