disk versus disc

Pete Turnbull pete at dunnington.u-net.com
Sun Jul 24 10:33:33 CDT 2005

On Jul 24 2005, 12:04, Jules Richardson wrote:
> Curiousity for the day - is there any difference between the use of
> and disc when describing floppy drives, hard drives etc.?
> The majority of people seem to use disc, but the use of one or the
> doesn't seem to be a regional thing.

You'd probably find most Americans would prefer "disk", and "disc"
would probably be found mainly in UK.  Originally "disc" was the
English spelling (from the Latin "discus"), and "disk" was American.
 Acorn were obsessive about using the "disc" spelling, but the
distinction is long gone for most people.  Even the OED lists both and
has done since at least the early 80s.  The difference in usage has
nothing to do with differences between floppies, mini-floppies,
micro-floppies, hard drives, or CDs (though CDs are "Compact Discs").

Pete						Peter Turnbull
						Network Manager
						University of York

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