Sunday, April 01, 2007

"Turbocharged" Blogging!

Anybody who has spent a bit of time hanging around me knows that I have many pet peeves. No, I a not an angry person, I jut say it like it is....

My pet peeve for today is the use of the term "turbocharged" instead of just saying "faster" or "more powerful". Yes, Websters now recognizes that as a proper use. That just irritates me more.

The true, and in my mind the only, meaning of turbocharged is the thankfully first definition on Websters. Broken down, something that is "turbocharged" is "equipped with a centrifugal blower driven by exhaust gas turbines and used to supercharge an engine".

Basically if it doesn't have an internal combustion engine, it cannot be turbocharged.

What brought this on this morning was this story that I came across in my travels with Google Reader.

Forced Induction PC Cooling

He used a turbocharger from a Mitsubishi Eclipse as a case fan for his PC. His inspiration was the misuse of the terms "supercharging" and "turbocharging" by computer manufacturers.

I really don't have a problem with "supercharging" because "super" is pretty generic. It can apply to anything.


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