Nomenclature (was: NEXT Color Printer find

From: Richard Erlacher <>
Date: Wed Jan 2 22:21:01 2002

The key difference between the Cresecent Wrench matter and the "Centronics"
connector term applied to SCSI or anything else, is that (a) it is ALWAYS
both wrong and misleading when applied to the SCSI, and (b) because it was
never a Centronics product, hence, the name is not applicable. Using the
term Centronics when referring to that "type" of connector is misleading,
since the 36-pin connector was never used for SCSI and the 50-pin was never
used for the Centronics parallel port. The only printer I ever saw with
that 50-pin BlueRibbon connector was the Diablo 630 API. (? ... was that the
designator) I still have one of the cables.

Crescent Tool Company made at least a few of those wrenches, since I have
one or more bearing their name. Centronics NEVER made the connector, in any


----- Original Message -----
From: "Chris" <>
To: "Classic Computer" <>
Sent: Wednesday, January 02, 2002 11:03 AM
Subject: Re: Nomenclature (was: NEXT Color Printer find

> >This is a grey issue. Brand names often become generic. I bet when you
> >want an "aspirin" you don't ask for a "pain reliever" or
> >"analgesic", and, unless you are a polymer chemist, what would you call
> >"styrofoam" other than "styrofoam"? Examples abound:
> >Kleenex, Band-aid, Thermos (from King-Sealy Thermos), Frisbee, etc. The
> >purpose of language is to communicate with precision, and
> >sometimes the most precise way is to use the "common usage" term. You
> >would sound pretty preposterous asking someone to toss you
> >that "plastic flying disc."
> Ok.. THANK YOU... this is the whole point. Crescent Wrench, Yo-Yo,
> Centronics... it matters not what the "correct" name is... what matters
> is that people understand what you are talking about, and that means,
> sometimes the "common name" takes over.
> Why is it that when it comes to a wrench, people can understand this, but
> when it comes to connectors they get their underwear in a bunch? My guess
> is, for the same reason I see red every time someone pulls out a video
> camera and says "let me film this"... it is TAPE damnit not film... to
> "normal" people, this makes no difference, to someone that spent years
> working in TV, it makes all the difference in the world (and if confused
> when talking about going on location for a shoot, you could wind up with
> a radically different set of equipment).
> -chris
> <>
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