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Re: What is the language "British"?

On Wednesday 06 September 2006 15:03, Bob Goodwin wrote:
>Mike McCarty wrote:
>> Gene Heskett wrote:
>>> On Tuesday 05 September 2006 12:25, Michael P. Brininstool wrote:
>>>> dictionary.com sez basically that fuse is the thing you light to blow
>>>> something up and the fuze is an electronic version of same.
>>> And as a C.E.T. of 34 years, and chasing electrons for a living for
>>> 57 or so, I have yet to see the hot wire device designed to open a
>>> circuit when too much current flows called anything but a fuse, with
>>> an 's'.  Thats not
>> Yep.
>>> saying it couldn't be so spelled in other locales, but here, there's
>>> only one way to spell it unless the writer failed spelling.
>> Then dictionary.com is wrong. A fuze is a device for detonating a
>> weapon. A fuse is an electrical device. I've been doing electronics
>> for 40 years, and *never* have encountered the term "fuze" to mean
>> an electronics component.
>> Furthermore, I looked in a "real" dictionary, and that's what it
>> verified.
>> Mike
>*My ancient dictionary, about as fragile as the dead sea scrolls, even
>shows pictures of several "fuzes!"  Two have propellers and they
>obviously screw into the nose of a projectile/bomb.
>"FUZE noun  A mechanical or electrical device that initiates the
>explosive charge of a shell, bomb, grenade, etc."
>Funk & Wagnalls New College Standard Dictionary  C. 1947

Darn, first braggart hasn't a chance in this company.  My Websters is 11 
years newer. :(

>Thunderbird Compose spell checker can't deal with Fuze though!
>Bob Goodwin*

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