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    Re: Currents & Streams, was: DR thread from Nov-Dec '04
    From: John Manson
    Date: 2005 Jan 24, 14:43 -0500

    I am a Canadian and use Tidal Current, although we do call that thing
    off the coast the "Gulf Stream".
    -----Original Message-----
    From: Navigation Mailing List
    [mailto:NAVIGATION-L@LISTSERV.WEBKAHUNA.COM] On Behalf Of Jared Sherman
    Sent: Monday, January 24, 2005 2:18 PM
    Subject: Re: Currents & Streams, was: DR thread from Nov-Dec '04
    Pedants in Canada and other places may say tidal stream, but as
    Bowditch, NOS, and NOAA all accept and use the term "tidal current"
    within the US, and I'm a Damned Colonial in the US, the correct pedantic
    term *here* is "tidal current".
    Remember, the value in a name is to identify the person using it--not
    simply the object being named. Torch, fag, tube, valve,
    underground...Why shouldn't our natuical terms reflect their user, too?
    <> Using the correct technical
    term is useful only among technicians. Here, you will hear boaters,
    fishermen, and even Coasties (USCG) use both terms interchangeably.
    Lacking the Academie Francaise, we Colonists actually do determine
    propriety by common usage. Give the dictionaries a decade or two, and
    the common usage becomes the definition they move up to number one.
    I don't mind the rest of the world seeing things in different terms,
    after all, US and Canadian bouyage and navigation marks are "backwards"
    versus the rest of the world. Yet somehow they continue to suffice for
    their purposes.
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