Yes, but if you are more accustomed to one than the other, it will
always be heard (or read) first as the most typical for you. Of course
you will figure it out by context, but that comes later in the brain's
For example, I work where we talk a lot about "Print Quality" or as we
commonly refer, "PQ". Recently I was researching HDTV monitors, and
"PQ" there is obviously "Picture Quality." I had no problem
understanding what was being said, but my thought process was always
"print quality, NO! picture quality".
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OK, try this: walk into the electrical department at Home Depot and ask the
first employee you see where the EMT is. I betcha the first reaction will be a
Obviously the results would be different at an electrical supply house.
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Hey! No fair fixing the bet. All I ever get is blank looks at the
My personal "favorite" was asking a guy in plumbing for an item, being
told that it was in the kitchen department when I knew that was
_highly_ unlikely, walking to the kitchen department and being told it
was in plumbing. The kitchen guy was a bit dumbfounded that a plumbing
aisle guy would be so clueless, so he walked me back over to plumbing.
The original clerk _denied_ telling me that it was in kitchens! I
nearly smacked him.
In the USA, it is referred to as the N-E-C. It is also used in several
Latin American countries, where the custom has been to pronounce it.
However, those of us involved with the code spell it out.
Secretary of the NEC
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