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    Default What's the best word?

    Hello!

    I have a serious question about which word to use for a new display equipment my employer is building. We manufacture sensors för detection of air where it is not wanted, eg. fluids.

    This display case we are building will haeve a custom made warning light and since we have limited space we can only use one word to describe what is the problem, air in the system.

    We have been thinking about "de-air" but we are uncertain if that is the best word to use or if there is any better word for it that is not much longer and can easliy be understood.

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    Default Re: What's the best word?

    Off the top of my head, how about "No-air", "air-go", "see air" or "0-Air"?
    Many of these could be reversed e.g. "air-0" etc
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    Default Re: What's the best word?

    de-aerate = to remove air or gas from.
    You will also see it unhyphenated, 'deaerate', but since it is not a word your eyes meet every day, the hyphenated form breaks up the string of 3 vowels and allows the brain to grasp it more quickly, without having to stop and de-concatenate it = break it up into 'de' and 'aerate'.
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    Default Re: What's the best word?

    Another suggestion, similar to the original, would be: "D-Air", for Detect Air, as I believe your device is designed to detect air but not remove it.

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    Yes - hmm - I was distracted by your term 'de-air'.
    If you are only detecting, rather than removing.....that's a real toughy, not just being beyond the bounds of the vocabulary of your average person (moi), but I dare imagine, for the English language.
    Just in one word?? Hyphenated OK?
    air-detecting

    Anybody come up with something more elegant?
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    I want to thank you for the suggestions at this time. I will show my "super" and collegues this thread so they can make their own judgement.

    We want to keep it simple. Consider this is a warning light that will be flashing when air is detected and will prompt the user to take action. As far as I know this is just for a demonstration equipment we are working on this at the moment, but who says it will stay at that. We have customers all over the world and have to consider that it should be easy to understand för someone with lesser knowledge in English.

    I will of course let you all know what we decide to do and if possible post a picture of the finished light. this thread is by no means closed and I would appreciate as much input as possible
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    Default Re: What's the best word?

    How about: "Detectair" - you could use it in one word or as two: "Detect-Air".

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    You're on to a winner here Anglika.
    Even...

    DetectAir ( old advertising trick! It's a play on the word 'detector', with a vowel sound substitution.)

    What it does is in the name! Working-Swede, your new product has just been christened, ready for the English-speaking world.
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    Default Re: What's the best word?

    Quote Originally Posted by Neillythere View Post
    Another suggestion, similar to the original, would be: "D-Air", for Detect Air, as I believe your device is designed to detect air but not remove it.
    My only concern with the longer version was that it may not physically fit on the device based on the original constraint that, due to "limited space" it be "not much longer than 'de-air' "

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    Default Re: What's the best word?

    How about something more ultra-postmodern like AirSense or SensAir or FindAir or SensO2? By the way, is there anything in this for me if you adopt one of my suggestions?

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