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Date: Mon, 04 Oct 2004 21:04:49 +1300
From: Richard Sutherland-Smith <richard.ssnospamr.net.nz>
Subject: Re: AAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRHHHHHHHHHGG  -nt


In message <1096856229snznospamrak.demon.co.uk> amesnospamrak.demon.co.uk (Andrew Stephenson) wrote: > In article <rao0m0h4h9mqgcb2mo3ka8jmn2uqv59r1knospamcom> > nothingherenospamcom "Retro Bob" writes: > > > On Sat, 02 Oct 2004 02:03:19 GMT, amesnospamrak.demon.co.uk (Andrew > > Stephenson) wrote: > > I used to work at a UK factory which made telephone equipment (eg > exchanges). On one old wiring diagram I found the codes for wire > colours included 'N' and was told it meant "niger" (one 'g'): in > other words, the Latin for "black". When that usage was current, > it was racially neutral; but time changed that. So 'N' as a code > for wires long ago became 'BK'. > -- > Andrew Stephenson > Or Sv for SAAB black!! -- Richard & Mary Sutherland-Smith 19 Webb Road, Wanganui 5001, New Zealand

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