Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2004 15:57:23 +0000 From: Johannes H Andersen <johsnopsamfitter.com> Subject: Re: Get me the President of Saab !
Andrew Stephenson wrote: > > In article <Xns9474B2924EA10fritzfriicomnopsam17.128.40> > fritzxxxnopsamrii.com "Gary Fritz" writes: > > > Dave Hinz <davehinznopsamcop.net> wrote: > > > One _Kelvin_ is the same temperature difference as one Degree > > > Celcius, but it's a Kelvin, it's not a "degree Kelvin". > > > > Well if yer gonna pick nits: > > > > * It's one degree Celsius, not Celcius, and > > > > * It's not a _Kelvin_, but a _kelvin_, no caps. > > > > See e.g. http://physics.nist.gov/cuu/Units/kelvin.html > > I'm puzzled. (Well, actually, I'm Andrew Stephenson; but we'll > let that pass, as they can't touch you for it.) Maybe one ought > to go look at that page whose URL you so kindly provided. OTOH, > doing so involves procedures I don't have time for now. And as > there's no guarantee I'd be any the wiser... > > Point is: IIRC, the two units are named for Anders Celsius and > Lord Kelvin. Both were/are proper names. Wherefore therefore > the inconsistent loss of initialisation? We write/talk of amps > (Ampere), volts (Volta), farads (Faraday) and many other safely > buried worthies. Seems we should w/t of "celcius" and "kelvin". Presumably to distinguish the unit from Kelvin Klein :) There is also 'ampere' without capitalisation. There seems to be a consistent pattern such that the full name is without capitalisation and the abbreviated symbol name uses the capital. Therefore it is: 'degree Celsius' (first letter is lower case).