Pulling the plug: was Killer Language

Subject: Pulling the plug: was Killer Language
From: Peter Gold <pgold -at- NETCOM -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 14 Nov 1996 07:51:16 -0800

Iain correctly caught me in ambiguity:

I forgot to finish the thought:

Why not refer to the connector with pins or the connector that accepts pins?

Peter Gold

On Thu, 14 Nov 1996, Iain Harrison wrote:

> Peter Gold asks:

> >>
> Is it universally accepted that plugs are the ones with the pins and
> sockets are the ones with the holes that receive (Is it inappropriate to
> say "mate with"?) the pins.
> <<

> I don't know if it is generally assumed, but it is not universally true. That's
> the nub of the problem. If all plugs had pins (male) we'd be able to just call
> them plugs.

> Try looking at the plugs that are connected to your computer. Some are male,
> some are female. It depends on which way the power goes.


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