I am in complete agreement with Bill Whyte on the misuse of “particulate” as a noun: it is not a noun, it is an adjective. I believe the word appeals to people because it mimics the diminutive ending “ette” as in majorette or cigarette. If people insist on using this sound, they should spell it “particulette.” I have campaigned against the use of particulate as a noun for over two decades. Please send me information on joining the Society Against the Use of “Particulates.”
Roger W. Welker, principal scientist
R. W. Welker Associates
Another SAUP Member
I agree with Bill Whyte. I hear the term “particulates” used more often than I care to admit. I bite my lip when I hear someone call particles “particulates.” I'm also wondering, is there an organization against referring to ionization emitter pairs as “ion bars”? It might be a localized thing, but we run into this phenomena every so often, and hear it from our microcontamination counterpart! Anyway, I am interested in the position of beverage chairman for SAUP.
Linc Belt, mechanical engineer
Albuquerque, New Mexico