Re: proper terms/usage

Subject: Re: proper terms/usage
From: Lin Sims <ljsims -dot- ml -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: Spectrum Writing <SpectrumWriting -at- q -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 8 Jun 2009 16:24:28 -0400

On Mon, Jun 8, 2009 at 4:00 PM, Spectrum Writing<SpectrumWriting -at- q -dot- com> wrote:
> I am playing Switzerland in this one between two SMEs - SME #1 provides me
> all edits with the phrase "electric current" and SME #2 provides me edits
> with the phrase "electrical current" and of course, SME #1 changes all of
> SME #2's edits to "electric current" and vice-versa.  Sigh.
> Place your vote now and any supporting comments/thoughts will be heartily
> appreciated and greedily devoured!

Wiktionary actually defines them slightly differently, so it may
depend on how you (or the SMEs) are using it.

electric current

1. (physics) the movement of electrons
2. the flow of electricity through a conductor

electrical current

1. (sciences) the flow of electricity along a conductor.
2. (sciences) the rate of flow of such a current.

I don't know if that helps anymore, but it might be good to reserve
"electrical current" for its second definition (the rate of flow) and
use "electric current" for everything else.

Lin Sims

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