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post Dec 20 2007, 05:44 AM
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And I somehow got to thinking, why are metal guitar strings called "strings" and not "wires"? I thought about it for a while, and I thought that maybe the original nylon/whatever-else guitar... things... would have been called strings, maybe the name just stuck? It seems to me that steel/copper/other metal guitar strings should actually be called wires... but I could be wrong! biggrin.gif Anyways, random thought of the day, I guess. What do you think?
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post Dec 20 2007, 05:52 AM
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WOW!!! Thats deep. laugh.gif
But no seriously in every aspect they should be called wires.
But then again why is it when two thing nearly collide it is called a near-miss? huh.gif

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post Dec 20 2007, 07:17 AM
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Exactly! I remember once hearing from some comedian:

"Why do they call it a near-miss? They should call it a near-hit! A near-miss is a collison"

Might've been George Carlin..


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post Dec 20 2007, 11:21 AM
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Yea tis a bit weird they call them strings, coz in the manufacturing process of them they call the steel thats used "music wire" blink.gif

Off topic, but one of my favourite "oxymoron" is "you need your hair cut badly!!"

I`d actually like it cut really well to be honest laugh.gif


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post Dec 20 2007, 11:14 PM
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OK let's check what wikipedia say about it biggrin.gif

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WIRE
A wire is a single, usually cylindrical, elongated string of drawn metal. Wires are used to bear mechanical loads and to carry electricity and telecommunications signals. Standard sizes are determined by various wire gauges. The term wire is also used more loosely to refer to a bundle of such strands, as in 'multistranded wire', which is more correctly termed a cable.

STRING
Generally, string is a thin, flexible piece of rope or twine which is used to tie, bind, or hang other objects. String can be made from a variety of fibres.

STRINGS (MUSIC)
A string is the vibrating element which is the source of vibration in string instruments, such as the guitar, harp, piano, and members of the violin family. They are lengths of a flexible material kept under tension so that they may freely vibrate. Strings may be "plain" (consisting only of a single material, like steel, nylon, or gut) or they may have a core of one material with an overwinding of other materials to add mass so the string sounds the desired pitch, while keeping the string thin and flexible enough to play. Such strings are called "wound strings."


So, IMHO, the term STRING sounds better smile.gif


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post Dec 20 2007, 11:16 PM
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And then some smarty-pants has to come along with their definitions... laugh.gif Just kidding! Thanks for clearing that up. laugh.gif

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post Dec 20 2007, 11:21 PM
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the term "strings" definatly sounds better, lets compromise "wire strings"?? laugh.gif


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post Dec 21 2007, 12:14 AM
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QUOTE (Zephyr @ Dec 20 2007, 11:16 PM) *
And then some smarty-pants has to come along with their definitions...


couldn't help myself laugh.gif laugh.gif


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post Dec 21 2007, 12:24 AM
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But then again you shouldn't trust everything that wikipedia says smile.gif. I personally think string sounds better and hey its not about to change tongue.gif
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post Dec 21 2007, 02:33 PM
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QUOTE (steve25 @ Dec 20 2007, 06:24 PM) *
But then again you shouldn't trust everything that wikipedia says smile.gif. I personally think string sounds better and hey its not about to change tongue.gif


They used to be made out of silk and/or cat gut - wire was a recent development. Soooo, string sounds a little better when you are tallking about the stringy innards of felines I guess blink.gif


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Oooo catgut blink.gif huh.gif . Well it kind of explains why my guitar sounds a bit like a strangled cat tongue.gif rolleyes.gif .

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ps why's that kitten hiding from me wink.gif ?


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QUOTE (tonymiro @ Dec 22 2007, 09:24 AM) *
ps why's that kitten hiding from me wink.gif ?


Its that evil "I wonder what my guitar would sound like with cat-gut strings on it" glint in your eye wink.gif


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Well it started to get nervous when our neighbour called round a while ago and we started to talk about getting the kittens neutered by the vet. My neighbour very kindly offered to do them for free but with no anaesthetic blink.gif . He's also offered to do the puppy (when we get it) using his 'slam the metal door real hard' technique that he uses on his rams and goats ohmy.gif . (I spent a large part of the conversation sitting down with my legs crossed rolleyes.gif ohmy.gif .)

Kitten has been kind of nervous ever since - who says they don't understand a word we say unsure.gif wink.gif .

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QUOTE (tonymiro @ Dec 22 2007, 09:45 AM) *
Well it started to get nervous when our neighbour called round a while ago and we started to talk about getting the kittens neutered by the vet. My neighbour very kindly offered to do them for free but with no anaesthetic blink.gif . He's also offered to do the puppy (when we get it) using his 'slam the metal door real hard' technique that he uses on his rams and goats ohmy.gif . (I spent a large part of the conversation sitting down with my legs crossed rolleyes.gif ohmy.gif .)

Kitten has been kind of nervous ever since - who says they don't understand a word we say unsure.gif wink.gif .

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laugh.gif haha, "slam the metal door real hard" laugh.gif laugh.gif


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QUOTE (tonymiro @ Dec 23 2007, 04:45 AM) *
Well it started to get nervous when our neighbour called round a while ago and we started to talk about getting the kittens neutered by the vet. My neighbour very kindly offered to do them for free but with no anaesthetic blink.gif . He's also offered to do the puppy (when we get it) using his 'slam the metal door real hard' technique that he uses on his rams and goats ohmy.gif . (I spent a large part of the conversation sitting down with my legs crossed rolleyes.gif ohmy.gif .)

Kitten has been kind of nervous ever since - who says they don't understand a word we say unsure.gif wink.gif .

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The metal door??? blink.gif huh.gif


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ohmy.gif

no, no no no no no blink.gif ohmy.gif

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QUOTE (tonymiro @ Dec 22 2007, 03:45 PM) *
Well it started to get nervous when our neighbour called round a while ago and we started to talk about getting the kittens neutered by the vet. My neighbour very kindly offered to do them for free but with no anaesthetic blink.gif . He's also offered to do the puppy (when we get it) using his 'slam the metal door real hard' technique that he uses on his rams and goats ohmy.gif . (I spent a large part of the conversation sitting down with my legs crossed rolleyes.gif ohmy.gif .)

Kitten has been kind of nervous ever since - who says they don't understand a word we say unsure.gif wink.gif .

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eek! that made me cross my legs reading it!!! ohmy.gif laugh.gif


omg! I`d be afraid to sleep at night if I had a neighbour like that, he could sneak into the house in the night and ...... ph34r.gif* BAM * ohmy.gif blink.gif ph34r.gif and he`d be gone!


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