Re: Re[2]: Killer Language

Subject: Re: Re[2]: Killer Language
From: "John A. Lord" <jlord -at- LIVINGSTON -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 12 Nov 1996 13:17:48 -0800

At 12:12 PM 11/12/96 PST, Beryl wrote:

>>> (snip) Maybe someday someone will be able finally to get rid of
>>> "male" and "female" connectors and receptacles, although that one has
>>> around for a long time and it won't be easy.

>male = plug
>female = socket

This substitution (like most of the alternatives) doesn't always work. I
remember a few years ago trying to describe a wall outlet that was a male RS
232 (OK! - EIA/TIA 232-E) serial connector - without using the word "male."
A cable with a female RS 232 serial connector "plugged" into the wall
outlet. Which was the plug and which was the socket?

Lesson to be learned - don't change terminology solely to be politically
correct. Changes should reflect actual useage rather than try to impose what
might be an ambiguous or less accurate substitution.

John Lord Technical Publications
jlord -at- livingston -dot- com Livingston Enterprises, Inc. Phone (510) 426-0770


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