RE: Gage vs. Gauge

Subject: RE: Gage vs. Gauge
From: "Jason A. Czekalski" <topsidefarm -at- mva -dot- net>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Thu, 26 Jan 2006 06:35:40 -0500

Jackie Samuelson asked:

Does anyone have a very specific definition and set of examples that
differentiate GAGE and GAUGE?

Personally, I don't put much faith in traditional dictionaries when
comes to definitions of technical or scientific terms. My preference
is to look to standard works from the specific industry or trade.

The industry and trade sources I use all use GAGE when refering to
both measuring equipment and measurements. They make little or no use
of GAUGE. All of these sources are fairly recent, so it's not an
archaic usage. My sources are:

1. Machinery's Handbook, 22nd edition, 1987;

2. McGraw-Hill Machining and Metalworking Handbook, 1997; and

3. Mark's Standard Handbook for Mechanical Engineers, 9th edition,

A quick check around the department reveals that newer versions of #1
and #3 (25th and 10th respectively) still use GAGE. Our three
engineers (all graduated from different colleges within the last two
years) were exposed to GAGE more often than GAUGE while in school, so
it appears to still be in widespread use.

So, if you're going to write to industry standards, it looks like you
might be using GAGE whether you like it or not.

Jason A. Czekalski

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