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Author Topic: Why?  (Read 6159 times)
N2EY
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« on: August 20, 2010, 02:56:06 PM »

I know this is completely trivial, but...

In the past several years, I've seen certain things on ham websites that puzzle me. I'm wondering how they got started:

1) The use of all-capitals for "ham" when applied to ham radio.

It's not an acronym or a proper name, it's just a jargon word. So why do some folks write "HAM"?


2) The use of "radio" to mean "rig".

A "radio" is something you listen to the ball game on. A "rig" is an amateur transmitter or transceiver.

3) Apostrophes where they don't belong. They're for possesives and contractions, not plurals!   

Just wondering...

73 de Jim, N2EY
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WB2WIK
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« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2010, 03:51:49 PM »

I also write TURKEY and MEAT LOAF, so HAM just seems natural.

If I rig up a radio to work the ham bands, is that a rig squared?

Your rite about HAMs us'ing inappropriate contradictions (or whatevir those things are kalt) and also not spalling ver'y gud.
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NO2A
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« Reply #2 on: August 20, 2010, 04:27:51 PM »

Is it,Polish, or polish?....................... Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: August 20, 2010, 06:00:15 PM »

Is it,Polish, or polish?....................... Cheesy

It must be "Polish", since my HP calculator uses RPN, not rpn.

Phil - AD5X
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N2EY
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« Reply #4 on: August 20, 2010, 06:28:02 PM »

Is it,Polish, or polish?....................... Cheesy

If people from Poland are called Poles,

Why aren't people from Holland called Holes?

73 de Jim, N2EY
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« Reply #5 on: August 20, 2010, 06:35:07 PM »

Is it,Polish, or polish?....................... Cheesy

If people from Poland are called Poles,

Why aren't people from Holland called Holes?

73 de Jim, N2EY

Why aren't people from Zimbabwe called "Zims?"  Or people from Lebanon called "Lebs"? 

Life is full of questions...
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KE3WD
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« Reply #6 on: August 20, 2010, 06:51:11 PM »

Why? 


BECAUSE. 
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W5RB
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« Reply #7 on: August 20, 2010, 07:07:16 PM »

If it's "ham" it must be Polish . 'cause ya wouldn't want to be caught polishing yer ham......
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W7ETA
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« Reply #8 on: August 20, 2010, 08:38:18 PM »

BCZ Holland ain't No stinkin country!

It's like sayin you can see Russia when you sit on your porch in KL7 land.  Huuuh?!

73
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KF6QEX
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« Reply #9 on: August 21, 2010, 01:13:35 AM »

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I know this is completely trivial, but...
Your rite. No ends, no eefs no butts. Smiley

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« Reply #10 on: August 21, 2010, 03:21:01 AM »

Is it,Polish, or polish?....................... Cheesy

If people from Poland are called Poles,

Why aren't people from Holland called Holes?

73 de Jim, N2EY

Why aren't people from Zimbabwe called "Zims?"  Or people from Lebanon called "Lebs"?  

Life is full of questions...

Beware of the Dutch...

or dutch of course. Wink
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W2MV
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« Reply #11 on: August 31, 2010, 10:33:54 AM »

Actually, Polish refers to the nationality, and polish is something you do to your car.

I've also noticed the "radio" term being used in place of what I still call a "rig." This is quite disturbing.
A radio is something you listen to the news with in your car.
Perhaps it's because our activities are called ham radio and not ham rig. Even legally, we're amateur radio operators, and not amateur rig operators.

One thing that's still a mystery to me is how the name of a city sometimes changes when it's in another language. For example, Madrid is Madrid in Spanish as well as in English, but London is Londres in Spanish...why not "London?"
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« Reply #12 on: August 31, 2010, 03:28:42 PM »

Here’s another play on words.

If you called the New England Patriots the “Pats”, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers the “Bucs”, then what would you call the Tennessee Titans?


73  Grin
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KE3WD
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« Reply #13 on: August 31, 2010, 03:57:13 PM »

Um, all these years people have called this hobby, "ham radio"... Huh
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W3LK
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« Reply #14 on: August 31, 2010, 04:43:51 PM »


I've also noticed the "radio" term being used in place of what I still call a "rig." This is quite disturbing.


Have you though about therapy to treat this condition? Smiley

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A radio is something you listen to the news with in your car.

A radio is something that receives transmissions from a transmitter; that's just what our radios do. I have several amateur radios and not a single one has the word RIG anywhere on it.
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