Memory key

Mullins, Bill Bill.Mullins at US.ARMY.MIL
Fri Apr 22 22:38:14 UTC 2005

thumb drive, thumb stick

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> From: American Dialect Society
> [mailto:ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] On Behalf Of Barbara Need
> Sent: Friday, April 22, 2005 5:37 PM
> Subject: Memory key
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> Sender:       American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
> Poster:       Barbara Need <nee1 at MIDWAY.UCHICAGO.EDU>
> Subject:      Memory key
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> I just received a request to use some equipment, and was told
> that "the laptop would need to be able to read a
> 'memory-key.'" When I queried this, I was told it was a USB
> removable drive, which is what I thought it might be.
> However, this was the first time I had heard the term. I tend
> to use "flash memory" or a "memory stick", and I know I have
> heard "key drive" and I began to wonder what other variants
> were out there, and whether there were (manufacturer)
> specific versions. I don't know if there is regional
> variation in what these are called.
> Barbara

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