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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
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?