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#27033 - 06/29/03 09:09 AM 'Slang'  
PCBelarge  Offline
Joined: Jun 2003
Posts: 681
Dobbs Ferry, NY, USA
To any and all!

I have been asked to do a piece on the 'slang' terms used for material in the electrical industry today. If anyone would like to contribute, I would appreciate it. You could post it, or email me at
I think this could be a lot of fun and be very interesting. If you decide to do this please include the 'slang' term and the industry term related to the slang.

Thanks much!!!


Pierre Belarge

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#27034 - 06/29/03 11:34 AM Re: 'Slang'  
Bill Addiss  Offline
Joined: Oct 2000
Posts: 3,878

Are you going to dig up origins of terms too?
That would be interesting.

Here's two:
Madison clips or Battleships for col work box supports.

Mae West for Conduit Supports

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#27035 - 06/29/03 11:45 AM Re: 'Slang'  
Joe Tedesco  Offline
Joined: Oct 2000
Posts: 2,749
Boston, Massachusetts USA
Search for "Slang" here on the ECN forums, there are a few others like this one:

Joe Tedesco, NEC Consultant

#27036 - 06/29/03 11:52 AM Re: 'Slang'  
Electric Eagle  Offline
Joined: Apr 2002
Posts: 914
Alpharetta, GA
What Bill calls Battleship clips we call Jiffy Clips.

#27037 - 06/29/03 03:59 PM Re: 'Slang'  
PCBelarge  Offline
Joined: Jun 2003
Posts: 681
Dobbs Ferry, NY, USA
Thank You Bill and EagleElectric and Joe for the excellent reference. I have a couple of weeks, so if anybody has more please add to the list. I will make sure to give credit to those who do.



Pierre Belarge

#27038 - 06/29/03 06:25 PM Re: 'Slang'  
LK  Offline
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Posts: 1,429
New Jersey
We call the box supports Madison holders.

#27039 - 06/29/03 08:43 PM Re: 'Slang'  
Electricmanscott  Offline
Joined: Jan 2002
Posts: 1,457
Holden, MA USA
We call 'em "Mad Bahs" Mad bars for all not familiar with the Boston accent.

#27040 - 06/29/03 10:45 PM Re: 'Slang'  

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#27041 - 06/29/03 10:48 PM Re: 'Slang'  

Sorry, try this one:

#27042 - 06/30/03 06:00 AM Re: 'Slang'  
zapped208  Offline
Joined: Feb 2003
Posts: 197
Somewhere in USA
I call them Madison's or Box fastners or Gem box supports.

Shoot first, apologize later.....maybe

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