What to call a speakeasy-door-slit-hatch-peephole-thing?
August 23, 2010 8:50 PM Subscribe
You know that vertical slit in the doors of speakeasies, mafia hideouts and other places where you need to be sized up before entering? With the little metal hatch that slides to one side? Is there a word for it other than "peephole?"
posted by Narrative Priorities to Writing & Language (13 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I need to refer to one in something I'm writing, but "peephole" just doesn't have the right sound, nor does it evoke the image I'm going for. And the synonyms my thesaurus lists don't seem to be quite right, either.
Thanks so much if you can come up with anything! I'm blocked enough on this scene as it is without vocab issues piled on top.