My daughter thought Iris Dement sounded like a goat and immediately went into the "It's the goat lady" whenever she heard her sing. I did not find her sound quite that terrible and her song OUR TOWN is haunting to those of us who grew up in or near to small South Dakot a towns.
And in the area of old names and new names, consider
and 2200 years later, the New Name is Bullshit Grinder.
The device/toy might be a good subject for new South Dakota Flag logo..or perhaps better yet for the South Dakota legislature. I finally remembered to check the meaning of "trammel". Archimede's device turned up, but the first more general meaning involves controlling or constraining movement. Which fits with the sliding wood blocks constrained to move in slots. The handle end traces an oval. Another easy way to do that is with a piece of string tied into a loop. Two pegs or nails spaced a few inches apart with the string loop around them act as contraint for the movement of a pencil or pen in the end of the loop away from the two pegs. See your local geometry teacher for more information.
*** Stay tuned even if your taste for stange or odd is limited only to your wife's cooking-- Doug Wiken