Re: Electric vs. electrical

Subject: Re: Electric vs. electrical
From: Dave C <davec2468 -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: Tech Writing <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 15 Jan 2014 13:44:03 -0800

Whereas “electric engineer” would need no organic fuel but would be very expensive to operate!

OK, I’m leaning toward “electrical”—it does seem more natural to say “electrical repair”. I was getting a bit over-analytical I think. If I were to take this any further I’d take Peter’s suggestion and hand out different versions and poll the target audience.

Thank you to all who contributed.


On 15 Jan 2014, at 1:14 PM, Gene Kim-Eng <techwr -at- genek -dot- com> wrote:

> In the classic definitions, "Electrical" means "related to electricity," while "electric" refers to electricity as a power source (generation, transmission or consumption). An electrical engineer works on electric generators, electric power lines, electric motors, etc.
> Gene Kim-Eng

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