Another one bites the dust?

Benjamin Barrett gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM
Wed Sep 12 17:11:35 UTC 2007

I believe this is still used in machining. It was common for certain
jobs in a factory I worked at in the mid 90s. BB

James Smith wrote:
> Data - datum: who ever says "a datum"; rather, "a
> piece of data" or even "a piece of information".
> Commonly "This data...", sometimes "these data...",
> almost never "this datum...".  The only case I am
> familiar with where 'datum' is used regularly is in
> reference to elevations: "What is the datum for this
> map?", i.e., what is the base or reference elevation.

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