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Re: What is the language "British"?



On Wed, 06 Sep 2006 21:49:20 -0400, William Case wrote:

> On Wed, 2006-06-09 at 20:04 -0400, Gene Heskett wrote:
>> 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!
>> >
> I sympathize with the American posters here who know no better than to
> use American toys that call themselves dictionaries.  The OED which is a
> real English dictionary does not define fuze directly but simply refers
> to fuse.  The definition of fuse(n.) includes something to break an
> electrical circuit and something to ignite explosives, so that should
> settle it.
> -- 
> Regards Bill


'Fuze' historically refers to not just any fuse, but a specific fuse, the
proximity fuze.  Why?  Dunno.  However, that's the etymology.


-Thufir


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