Re: Correct usage of "quadrants"

Subject: Re: Correct usage of "quadrants"
From: Helen Hegelheimer <hxh -at- FORMTEK -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 17 Oct 1995 19:21:06 -0400

According to our inhouse French speaking engineer - "the French would
tend to use the *strict* definition of quadrant since their language is
more closely tied to latin". Her casual comment is "quadrant means
four regardless of how you count" :)

I tend to agree - Quadrant seems to be one of those words we (american
speaking) have misused to the point of being accepted as "any specific area".
I would be as concerned as you about misuse of a word that is being

Helen Hegelheimer
Lead Technical Writer
Formtek, Palo Alto, CA
hxh -at- formtek -dot- com

> Part 2: I'm going to be translating this from the original
> French, and the author insists that "quadrant" is more
> flexible in French than in English (and thus extends to
> situations in which the area isn't divided into four
> parts). I don't buy this, and I'd like to change the French
> too. Can any French techwhirlers rule on this?

> --Geoff Hart @8^{)}
> geoff-h -at- mtl -dot- feric -dot- ca

> Disclaimer: If I didn't commit it in print in one of our
> reports, it don't represent FERIC's opinion.

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