RE: proper terms/usage

Subject: RE: proper terms/usage
From: Andrew Warren <awarren -at- synaptics -dot- com>
To: 'Spectrum Writing ' <SpectrumWriting -at- q -dot- com>, TechWhirl List <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 8 Jun 2009 15:53:50 -0700

Spectrum Writing wrote:

> SME #1 provides me all edits with the phrase "electric current"
> and SME #2 provides me edits with the phrase "electrical current"
> ....
> Place your vote now and any supporting comments/thoughts will be
> heartily appreciated and greedily devoured!

Tammy:

I see you've already decided on "electric"; here's some justification if SME #2 complains:

There may be IEEE documents which use the terms interchangeably, but the IEEE Standard Dictionary of Electrical and Electronics Terms (http://www.amazon.com/dp/1559378336/ ) says they're different: "electric" means "containing, producing, arising from, actuated by or carrying electricity" while "electrical" means "relating to electricity but not having its properties"... So "electric current" and "electric motor", but "electrical engineer" and "electrical terms".

-Andrew

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