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Author Topic: antennae and antennas (my pet peeve)  (Read 811 times)
W8JI
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« on: April 26, 2007, 05:50:05 AM »

I'm certain if we look we can find some obscure dictionaries that OK, as a second choice, use of "antennae" instead of the standard plural "antennas" when dealing with communications systems, but reference books like The Communications Standard Dictionary, Webster's New World Dictionary, The American Standard College Dictionary, the Great Encyclopedia Dictionary, and many other professional references all clearly state the plural of insect feelers and sensors is "antennae" while the plural of an electromagnetic or radio antenna is "antennas".

Not only that every scholarly engineering text in the world, including John Kraus' famous book "Antennas", uses the plural "antennas".

Let's not ho up electronics terms. Bad enough people working at McDonalds can't count change or be understood any mo.
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K8GU
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« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2007, 05:52:30 AM »

Took the words from my mouth...
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K0BG
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« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2007, 06:09:17 AM »

Oh Lord, don't get me started!

It just galls me no end to hear folks refer to amateur radio as HAM. As in: "I'm thinking about getting into HAM, and I...".

My other gall point? Doesn't anyone use a spell checker any more?

Alan, KØBG
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« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2007, 06:15:26 AM »

> Doesn't anyone use a spell checker any more

Problem is, they do. Ewe can make mistakes with those two.

Mark K5LXP
Albuquerque, NM
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« Reply #4 on: April 26, 2007, 06:39:52 AM »

A COUPLE OF MY PET PEEVES IS WHEN FOLKS SHOUT AND WRITE IN ALL CAPITAL LETTERS, IT REALLY IS HARD ON THE EYES TO READ THIS.


and then another pet peeve is when folks don't use any capital letters nor any puncutation marks the sentences just all run on and this too makes it hard to read


Phil  KB9CRY
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KF9VH
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« Reply #5 on: April 26, 2007, 06:43:41 AM »

You have got to be kidding!
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KC8YLJ
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« Reply #6 on: April 26, 2007, 06:49:03 AM »

SORRY PHIL ABOUT THE CAP LETTERS - BUT HAVE VERY BAD EYES & IT IS THE ONLY WAY TO SEE WHAT I AM SENDING - 73 HERB KC8YLJ (THATS WHY I DO CW IN MY HEAD )
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KG4QPQ
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« Reply #7 on: April 26, 2007, 07:24:43 AM »

LOL! I have another.

It's nuc-lee-ar
not nuc-u-lar

One I saw here the other day - is inrush current the same as surge current?

Inrush bothers me somehow, may be legitimate, maybe I'm just old fashioned.
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KG4QPQ
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« Reply #8 on: April 26, 2007, 07:27:34 AM »

Oh, one more, the very worst, not a HAM (Amateur Radio) term but certainly annoying...

Can I axe you all a question?
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« Reply #9 on: April 26, 2007, 07:55:07 AM »

Speaking of spell checker ...

One slip of the keyboard gave me a most unsavory professional title in a local business magazine a couple of years ago. And no spell checker would've helped in this case. Following my quote, the reporter attributed the statement to "Meade Daffron, Pubic Relations Manager."

I guess the penis mightier than the sword!

Smiley
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K4JJL
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« Reply #10 on: April 26, 2007, 07:55:16 AM »

I HAVE AN OLD TELETYPE MODEL 28ASR.  CAPITAL LETTERS DON'T BOTHER ME.

What really gets me is people using words that are close enough.  I really try to use correct words when typing.

Some examples:

its - it's
where - were
lose - loose
they're - there - their
chose - choose

GRRR!  Get it right!  A little though before you type will help.  One way to help is to substitute the contraction for the real words.  "The cat was cared for by it's mom."  If you replaced the contraction, it would come out, "The cat was cared for by it is mom."  That makes zero sense.
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« Reply #11 on: April 26, 2007, 07:57:11 AM »

I always thought that “antennae” was found only on lobsters and other bugs.
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K4JSR
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« Reply #12 on: April 26, 2007, 08:34:38 AM »

I see that this topic has stirred the passions of Eham
regulars.  Seems like the4 subject really BUGS a lot of folks.  I guess the trolls will have a field day causing many hurt feelers!
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« Reply #13 on: April 26, 2007, 11:01:56 AM »

Irregardless, I could care less about spelling good.  Just so long as I don't miss spell on accident. Wink

73, JP, K8AG
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N3JBH
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« Reply #14 on: April 26, 2007, 11:34:10 AM »


"I always thought that “antennae” was found only on lobsters and other bugs."

 
Well to be correct here a Lobster is not a bug. It is a crustacean.  
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