Monday, May 08, 2006
Flunking Biology 101
Lots of companies that make and sell electronic products -- particularly cellphone headsets -- think that the connector on the end of the wire is a JACK.
It's not. It's a PLUG!
Despite it's male name, a jack is considered to be a "female" connector, and is usually part of a phone or other piece of equipment.
Connectors have genders. Plugs are male. Jacks are female.
If you don't understand this, gather a bunch of people of various genders, get naked, and look into a mirror.
Lots of electricians make a similar mistake, referring to an electrical outlet on a wall, as a "plug."
MNEMONIC DEVICE: "plug" and "penis" begin with the same letter and have the same gender.
TELECOM HISTORY: In its manuals and other technical literature, AT&T used "connector" instead of "jack." A common adapter with one plug and two jacks was (and often still is) called a "CPC adapter."