Im an american living in norway and i recently had a polish lady ask me what the outlet in the wall is called i said it was a plug…then she pointed to the end of the cord and said this is the plug? i said yeah thats a plug… but i think i called them both plugs…
wheres the plug? I would say when looking for an electrical outlet… or plug it in… but the part you plug in is also called a plug… its got me all confused…
but i dont think people really use the term electrical outlet or socket… too much…
You have a gap in your vocabulary. Based on your poor writing (for example, the fact that you don’t know where to capitalize or punctuate), it’s pretty clear that your English skills aren’t very good, so I’m not surprised you wouldn’t know the correct word for an electrical outlet.
You were dead wrong about the socket being called a “plug”, and the Polish lady was absolutely right. Americans do commonly use the terms “socket” and “outlet”, and you’ll never see the electrical source referred to as a “plug” in a set of printed instructions or a user manual.
Jenny, you write like a very ignorant person. I’m American, born and raised in the United States, and I know you’re wrong about the electrical source not being called an “outlet” or “socket” here, and it’s definitely not normal for an American to call it a “plug thingy”, unless they’re talking in so-called “valley speech”.
It’s rather comical that an American who claims to have a university degree would think it’s bad to sound “book learned”. The fact that you can’t spell words like “speech” (and spelled it wrong again and again) makes me wonder what kind of university you went to and what you studied. I’ll make sure I advise people not to send their kids there.
“9. Call the electrician to do the electrical work if you need to replace the PLUG. If you were able to troubleshoot the problem in the breaker panel, return your receptacle to its box and tighten the screws.”
You can teach people how to punctuate and spell but if they are using and placing words wrong it means nothing.
No-one ever told them they were wrong when they concluded
“Unplug the extension cord from the wall socket.”
was the right way to say
pull out a cable.
A plug and an extension cord is worse to confuse than a plug and an electrical outlet
99% of the time people will know what you mean when you call an outlet a plug. However an extension cord is not a plug. Not all cords are extension cords. Only things that extend cords are extension cords.
Try helping these people with that, and if you visit my link above you will see technical documents do switch between calling it an outlet and a plug.
Having just rewired my house I agree that a socket is a socket and a plug is a plug. However, to refer to a socket as a plug is a very common mistake and I agree fully with jennytc - most people would know exactly what you meant. It’s one of those mistakes that doesn’t particularly matter.
And so do I. By all means use the correct terminology. But jennytc made a very valid point, that many native English speakers confuse the terms socket and plug. That doesn’t mean others have the right to treat her like an idiot.
I think Jennytc invited the treatment by pretending to be some kind of university-educated authority on the matter without being able to write literately in English. A typo or two would have been one thing, but her kind of bad English brings shame on my nation, so somebody had to tell her.