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Next time you refer to an Optical Disc

Kunal SinghJanuary 26, 2008

I recently came across this interesting (and lesser known) fact about Optical Discs:

The word disc, in reference to DVD or CD, should be spelled with a c, not a k. The generally accepted rule is that optical discs are spelled with a c, whereas magnetic disks are spelled with a k. For magneto-optical discs, which are a combination of both formats, the word is spelled with c because the discs are read with a laser. The New York Times, after years of head-in-the-sand usage of k for all forms of data storage, revised its manual in 1999 to conform to industry practice. Standards bodies such as ECMA and the International Standards Organization (ISO) persist in spelling it wrong, but what can you expect from bureaucracies? Anyone writing about DVD who spells it as disk instead of disc immediately puts his or her readers on notice that he or she does not understand what he or she is talking about.

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