[Ads-l] kitemark

Stephen Goranson goranson at DUKE.EDU
Fri Jan 21 10:10:14 EST 2022

In a review of an H. G. Wells biography [1], the biographer name, Clare Tomalin, is called a "kitemark," a quality mark.

OED has it from 1952.

The British Standards Institution (BSI) online [2] includes:
British Standards mark

The BSI Kitemark originated as the British Standards Mark in 1903 for use on tramway rails when standardization reduced the number of rail sizes from 75 to five. Today the BSI Kitemark can be seen on hundreds of products from manhole covers to condoms, from security locks to fire extinguishers and riding helmets.




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