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#19823 - 01/03/03 12:54 PM Noodle
JCooper Offline

Registered: 12/30/02
Posts: 229
Loc: 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 01:45 PM Re: Noodle
Joe Tedesco Offline

Registered: 10/07/00
Posts: 3325
Loc: 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 05:35 PM Re: Noodle
sparky Offline

Registered: 10/18/00
Posts: 5545
How would you define a neutral?

Good one Joe !
this could be a really long thread......

#19826 - 01/03/03 06:25 PM Re: Noodle
Redsy Offline

Registered: 03/28/01
Posts: 2138
Loc: 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.

#19827 - 01/03/03 06:32 PM Re: Noodle
electure Offline


Registered: 12/24/00
Posts: 4226
Loc: 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.

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

#19828 - 01/03/03 06:42 PM Re: Noodle
circuit man Offline

Registered: 11/05/01
Posts: 287
Loc: saluda,s.c.
boy am i glad someone asked this question. i was wondering what a "noodle" was too!

#19829 - 01/03/03 08:54 PM 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 - 01/03/03 10:58 PM Re: Noodle
lwinter31 Offline

Registered: 11/23/02
Posts: 41
Loc: Texas
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"

Made my day!

Hope I quoted that right Sparky

#19831 - 01/04/03 03:56 AM Re: Noodle
Joe Tedesco Offline

Registered: 10/07/00
Posts: 3325
Loc: 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 02:12 PM Re: Noodle
harold endean Offline

Registered: 02/16/02
Posts: 2248
Loc: 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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