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  • But “oblong” doesn’t necessarily mean rectangular; it can also mean oval – see OED definition 1: “Elongated in one direction (usually as a deviation from an exact square or circular form); having the chief axis considerably longer than the transverse diameter”. That’s probably why your Dad took such a dislike to it, Kerry: the fact that it was non-specific.

  • Thanks Gillian – maybe so, but I think it was more that he just hated the sound of the word, it is a bit of a clumsy one – feels like you’ve got a ping-pong ball in your mouth when you say it!!

  • Why is oblong shape not used in classrooms anymore? It’s not shown on any charts with shapes or talked about in cartoons, etc. I am searching for the reason for its decline.