Re[8]: Killer Language

Subject: Re[8]: Killer Language
From: Arlen -dot- P -dot- Walker -at- JCI -dot- COM
Date: Mon, 2 Dec 1996 10:19:00 -0600

It is NOT "universally accepted". I would hesitate to call the female
end of a serial cable, a "socket".

Well, *you* might hesitate. But a quick check of the electronics catalogs in
our lab shows many electronic supply firms don't share your hesitation. That
particular designation has found its way to print so often it's become part
of the designator -- "DB25S," where the "S" means socket -- in the catalogs.

My unscientific survey turns up pin/socket almost as often as male/female in
describing the parts. While you might risk bewildering the non-technical
members of your audience by using pin and socket instead of male and female,
I don't think you'd even cause an engineer to pause.

Have fun,
Chief Managing Director In Charge, Department of Redundancy Department
DNRC 224

Arlen -dot- P -dot- Walker -at- JCI -dot- Com
In God we trust; all others must provide data.
Opinions expressed are mine and mine alone.
If JCI had an opinion on this, they'd hire someone else to deliver it.

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