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#19823 - 01/03/03 04:54 PM Noodle  
JCooper  Offline
Joined: Dec 2002
Posts: 228
Kendall Park, NJ USA
Hello all and Happy New Year,
This one has perplexed me for a while now, why in the world is the neutral called the noodle?

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#19824 - 01/03/03 05:45 PM Re: Noodle  
Joe Tedesco  Offline
Joined: Oct 2000
Posts: 2,749
Boston, Massachusetts USA
The term "noodle" instead of the "undefined term neutral" has been used by some members here on this board, and is not recognized in the electrical industry as a slang term.

I may be off base, but in all of my travels and years in this business, I have heard some really strange terms used to identify various types of electrical installations, such as "heavy up" and "rope" etc.

Trade slang is found here in case you are interested, I search alread and no Noodle there either:

How would you define a neutral?

Joe Tedesco, NEC Consultant

#19825 - 01/03/03 09:35 PM Re: Noodle  
sparky  Offline
Joined: Oct 2000
Posts: 5,303
How would you define a neutral?

Good one Joe !
this could be a really long thread...... [Linked Image]

#19826 - 01/03/03 10:25 PM Re: Noodle  
Redsy  Offline
Joined: Mar 2001
Posts: 2,056
Bucks County PA
That depends on what the definition of is is.
One can not consider that which is without first considering that by which which is is.
[Linked Image]

#19827 - 01/03/03 10:32 PM Re: Noodle  
electure  Offline

Joined: Dec 2000
Posts: 4,259
Fullerton, CA USA
Sparky coined the word noodle..Yup, Sparky done it!
And no, I'm sure not gonna jump right in on this one. [Linked Image]

[This message has been edited by electure (edited 01-03-2003).]

#19828 - 01/03/03 10:42 PM Re: Noodle  
circuit man  Offline
Joined: Nov 2001
Posts: 273
boy am i glad someone asked this question. i was wondering what a "noodle" was too!

#19829 - 01/04/03 12:54 AM Re: Noodle  

I think it all started at the bar after work when someone was trying to say "neutral" after sixteen or so beers.

#19830 - 01/04/03 02:58 AM Re: Noodle  
lwinter31  Offline
Joined: Nov 2002
Posts: 40
Beer or no beer you have to admit "Noodle" adds a hint of humor to usually serious trade.

I remember laughing when Sparky responded to a thread with the sole comment "Look striped Noodles" [Linked Image]

Made my day!

Hope I quoted that right Sparky

#19831 - 01/04/03 07:56 AM Re: Noodle  
Joe Tedesco  Offline
Joined: Oct 2000
Posts: 2,749
Boston, Massachusetts USA
The 2005 ROP includes a few proposals to include the definition of Neutral. I have been trying to get that term defined for over 3 code cycles!


Please check it out, my pdf files of CMP01 proposals seems to be corrupted.

Joe Tedesco, NEC Consultant

#19832 - 01/04/03 06:12 PM Re: Noodle  
harold endean  Offline
Joined: Feb 2002
Posts: 2,233
Boonton, NJ
One of my employees (Who was lic, elec. cont) use to call the neutral the "Nootch". Sounds like "noo-ch" soft ch as in church. I don't know where he got that expression from.

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