What's the difference between a polish and a shine?

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  1. kronik

    kronik Senior member

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    Lemme hear it.
     


  2. retronotmetro

    retronotmetro Senior member

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    A polish is a type of sausage.
     


  3. kitonbrioni

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    A polish can have any level of shine from matte to mirror.
     


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    mrchapel Senior member

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    Simple:

    Polishing is the act of making something shine; you polish your shoes so they will shine. A shine is merely a reflection of light. To make something shiny, you need to polish it.
     


  5. Concordia

    Concordia Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Hitler never crossed the Shine frontier.
     


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    But he did cross the Rhine. Perhaps that's the source of the confusion...
     


  7. odoreater

    odoreater Senior member

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    Wait a minute, I think we're missing something though. Sometimes I use polish on my shoes to cover up little scuffs and to liven the leather up but it doesn't necessarily make them shiny. Other times I use wax on my shoes to make them shine. I think there's a difference. Is anybody with me?
     


  8. grimslade

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    Well, polish can be a verb or a noun. The noun refers to the stuff in the little tins that we put on our shoes. We then polish (v) them to make them shine. Or we shine them to make them Polish.

    Wait, that's not right. The verbs, polish and shine, are, in my experience, interchangeable. There's not some thing we have done to our shoes (or do ourselves) that is a polish rather than a shine. That's what I took the OP to be asking. My answer is that, as verbs, they mean the same thing.
     


  9. odoreater

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    After looking up the word "polish" in the dictionary it seems that to polish something could mean to "shine" it (so sometimes we polish our shoes to make them "shine), but it could also mean to "smooth" it (so sometimes we polish our shoes to make them smooth, i.e., to remove scuffs) so the two words are not exactly interchangeable.

    I know sometimes I "polish" my shoes and they do not "shine" afterwards.
     


  10. retronotmetro

    retronotmetro Senior member

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    Wait a minute, I think we're missing something though. Sometimes I use polish on my shoes to cover up little scuffs and to liven the leather up but it doesn't necessarily make them shiny. Other times I use wax on my shoes to make them shine. I think there's a difference. Is anybody with me?

    Semantics are at work here. I call canned shoe polish "polish" and use it to create shine on my shoes. I call jars or tubes of shoe cream "shoe cream" and use them for color, and to a lesser extent, to condition the leather.
     


  11. kronik

    kronik Senior member

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    The people at Sky Valet seem to think there's a difference - I was under the understanding that you use the term "polish" to do any sort of minor scuff repair/conditioning, hence odoreater's definition. Shining is a completely superficial matter, which is purely cosmetic, and gives the shoe a high gloss.
     


  12. sho'nuff

    sho'nuff grrrrrrrr!!

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    Don't keep us in suspense!
     


  14. sho'nuff

    sho'nuff grrrrrrrr!!

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    what i meant to say was shining and polishing commonly are interchanged when used to describe cleaning and polishing your shoes.
    i dont think there is any technical difference;
    you polish with wax polish to get a shine and you also using polish when shining your shoes.
     


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