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Topic: Why Is It Called A TV "Set"?
Username: Lax
Posted 2002-04-30 19:18:21 and read 2564 times.

Why do we all refer to that box in the living room which emits images as a television "set"??

It's not a "set", it's a single individual item.

Same can be said of "Crystal Set" or "Ham Radio Set" I suppose.

And then there's another common household item that many times seems to get pluralized for no apparent reason ...... "Bathroom Scales". It's only ONE scale; so why the pluralization?

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Topic: RE: Why Is It Called A TV "Set"?
Username: SEVEN_FIFTY7
Posted 2002-04-30 19:37:36 and read 2524 times.

I've never heard of a bathroom scale being pluralized.

Everyone I know has always just referred to it as a "bathroom scale." Are you sure that isn't just a local thing where you're from?

Topic: RE: Why Is It Called A TV "Set"?
Username: Trickijedi
Posted 2002-04-30 20:02:14 and read 2510 times.

The reason it's called a TV set is because once we turn it on, we "set" our asses down and don't want to get up. Just kidding.  Smile I've wondered about that myself.

Topic: RE: Why Is It Called A TV "Set"?
Username: Mcringring
Posted 2002-04-30 20:49:07 and read 2505 times.

does anyone actually call it a "tv set?"

tv works fine for me. but it makes me crazy when people call it the TEEE-vee.  Pissed

Topic: RE: Why Is It Called A TV "Set"?
Username: Transactoid
Posted 2002-04-30 21:39:04 and read 2494 times.

never heard bathroom scale pluralized before.

Topic: RE: Why Is It Called A TV "Set"?
Username: Lax
Posted 2002-04-30 23:13:18 and read 2477 times.

Aw, come now, kids of the corn!  Smile

Haven't you heard anyone (maybe whiling watching a show on your TV "Set"  Smile) refer to "getting on the bathroom scales" ... when, in fact of course, they're only stepping on ONE scale instrument. Or maybe there's something inherent to the word "scale" that automatically makes it plural. Beats me.

Are there actually MULTIPLE scaling devices inside a bathroom scale? Perhaps this is it!

Anybody make scales for a living??

Topic: RE: Why Is It Called A TV "Set"?
Username: TWAL1011
Posted 2002-04-30 23:53:38 and read 2481 times.

Here's the explanation that I got:

The term rolls over from the old days of radio. Basically, the collection of parts to make up a radio were refered to as a set (radio set). The name just kind of stuck.

Hope that helps.

Topic: RE: Why Is It Called A TV "Set"?
Username: Lax
Posted 2002-05-03 21:07:56 and read 2441 times.

Thanks, TransWorldLockheedTri-StarFanJet!!  Smile


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