Walking through deepest Chiswick a couple of days ago I came across this sign.
The ever reliable dictionary.com has this to say about “appliances”:
||an instrument, apparatus, or device for a particular purpose or use.
||a piece of equipment, usually operated electrically, esp. for use in the home or for performance of domestic chores, as a refrigerator, washing machine, or toaster.
||the act of applying; application.
||Archaic. a measure; stratagem.
–verb (used with object)
||to equip with appliances: a fully applianced kitchen.
I was left wondering as I walked away exactly why the washing machines and fridges would be turning. A formal display? A little ballet practice before being sold? A pas de deux by a toaster perhaps?