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Old 23rd July 2004, 12:03   #1
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I have this question in my mind from a very long time.. finally i am putting it!

The kms that a car covers per litre is called Mileage by not many..but most of the people around. Frankly... i dont think mileage is the right word for so called kms/litre (Fuel Ecnonmy)
I define "Mileage" as the miles/kms covered by a particular car.

Then why the hell of earth.. do people ask, " wats the mileage of this car"..that is they want to know the Fuel Economy of that car!!

Mileage is the wrong word that people assist with fuel economy..

Kms/litre shud be called Fuel Economy.

And Mileage is the total no. of miles/kms covered by a car.. that u see in the instument cluster besides the speedometer.

Think about it!! Am I wrong???
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Old 23rd July 2004, 12:06   #2
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Stratos it's more of a generic term. Point in case is WALKMAN for any portable audio player.
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Old 23rd July 2004, 12:14   #3
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simiilarly, how can you be pushing your car to the limit if you have front wheel drive ?!!
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its been in use for a long time so people wont stop using it NOW cos its wrong.

Ditto for the word Xerox. Xerox is actually the name of the company. But we still use it instead of the word "copy".
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Old 23rd July 2004, 12:48   #5
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Quote[/b] ]Ditto for the word Xerox. Xerox is actually the name of the company. But we still use it instead of the word "copy".
Thats every marketing mans dream.

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Quote[/b] (Stratos @ July 23 2004,10:33)]Think about it!! Am I wrong???
Initially,
I thought the word "mileage" evolved from people asking "What kind of mileage does your car give per litre?" <which according to you would be correct i guess.
And then over time the question just became "what kind of mileage does your car give?"

Anyway, heres what websters as well as some other dictionaries had to say>

Mileage
Noun
1. Distance measured in miles.

2. The ratio of the number of miles traveled to the number of unit volumes of fuel burned.

3. A travel allowance at a given rate per mile traveled.


"Xerox & walkman" are two slightly different examples...

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Quote[/b] ]simiilarly, how can you be pushing your car to the limit if you have front wheel drive ?!!
Ofcourse you can. Every car has a limit, whether it is FWD or RWD, 50hp or 500hp. Naturally the characteristics of a FWD car approaching and crossing the limit will be different from a RWD car in the same situation. But nonetheless you can push a FWD car to the limit, but needless to say it is nowhere near as much fun as pushing a RWD car to the limit.

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Old 23rd July 2004, 14:25   #7
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Quote[/b] ] Naturally the characteristics of a FWD car approaching and crossing the limit will be different from a RWD car in the same situation. But nonetheless you can push a FWD car to the limit, but needless to say it is nowhere near as much fun as pushing a RWD car to the limit.
I think what Ajmat was hinting at is FWD is "pull" while RWD is "Push"

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Quote[/b] ] Naturally the characteristics of a FWD car approaching and crossing the limit will be different from a RWD car in the same situation. But nonetheless you can push a FWD car to the limit, but needless to say it is nowhere near as much fun as pushing a RWD car to the limit.
I think what Ajmat was hinting at is FWD is "pull" while RWD is "Push"

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Ah, like that.... i did not see the little pun there

Well its still a valid statement though

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Aha!! going by the "push" definition ajmat is using it still is possible to "push" a FWD car to its limits...... in REVERSE!

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hahaha
in that case ive pushed my car to the limits.
btw
in my house we use average .........



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After reading this I thought to use economy, just in a next instance I told my cousin "my zen gave 11 mileage"
It has turned into generic name could not help it, like dalda for vanaspathi
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