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People, it's spelled B-R-A-K-E.

"Break" means something else. "I don't have serious breaks on my bike..." You only have to read for ten minutes on the MTBR forums - not just this one; I'm posting here because it's topical - before you trip over something like this.

When an author takes the two seconds to make sure that he's said what he means, it saves hundreds of other people from tripping over the mistake and having to do a double-take. This is not about class differences or superficial matters of style. It's plain courtesy to your readers, who are trying hard to understand what you really mean to say. :thumbsup: Thank you.

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I seriously want to slap the author every time I see "breaks" used to refer to a device whose purpose is to slow you down. Honestly, it's even part of the forum's name! Talk about refusal to get a clue!
 

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People have been bad at spelling forever. Internet forums just make it seem like a new finominon.
 

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^^^ it's not even bad spelling (which I can understand more), it's a completely different word!
Maybe I'm just a homophobe (one who doesn't like misused homonyms)
'there, they're and their' also bug me.
 

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"I don't think many people even realize that it's 'disc' not 'disk'"

Either could be correct. It's not too different to the way I would spell realise with an s rather than a z. Disc is more popular, but it doesn't necessarily make disk incorrect.
 

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SteveUK said:
...Either could be correct. It's not too different to the way I would spell realise with an s rather than a z. Disc is more popular, but it doesn't necessarily make disk incorrect.
haha, I knew someone was going to call me on this...
While both disc and disk both are 'technically' correct since they both mean a "flat, circular object", when the word gets compounded with another word, the compound takes precedence IMO.
Since the 'industry' calls it "disc brakes", I think that would be the correct way to spell it.

other examples:
disc golf
hard disk
compact disc

with realize/realise, I believe it's an English vs. American thing - (although, spell-checker flags 'realise')
 

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highdelll said:
haha, I knew someone was going to call me on this...

other examples:
disc golf
hard disk
compact disc

with realize/realise, I believe it's an English vs. American thing - (although, spell-checker flags 'realise')
Its Frisbee golf, right?
 

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bankerboy said:
Its Frisbee golf, right?
sure, casually, but with on the organizational level (tournaments, press releases, professional documentation etc) it's 'disc' because "Frisbee" is a Wham-O trademark.

Plus, calling it 'disc golf' vs. 'Frisbee golf' help delineate the difference between a typical Frisbee and a disc for golf as they are drastically different - like a Wiffle-ball and a baseball
 

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highdelll said:
^^^ it's not even bad spelling (which I can understand more), it's a completely different word!
Maybe I'm just a homophobe (one who doesn't like misused homonyms)
'there, they're and their' also bug me.
To you it seems to be a completely different word, but the person writing it is spelling the word they mean incorrectly. It just happens to be really annoying to some when it is a homonym.

Is hydrolic breaks one spelling mistake and one wrong word? Nah, its two spelling mistakes (in context), one just happens to make a different word.

I'm sure that in other settings, the word brake is just as often typed incorrectly when someone means break.
 

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Uncle Six Pack said:
To you it seems to be a completely different word, but the person writing it is spelling the word they mean incorrectly. It just happens to be really annoying to some when it is a homonym...
I can't tell if we're agreeing or disagreeing...
IMO, if someone types 'breaks' for brakes, it isn't a simple misspelling...more, it's an ignorance of what the word means.
Sure, people can brain-fart - I do it all the time, but a spelling mistake seems less egregious (- to me- especially with a particularly difficult word like 'hydraulic') than a whole definition.
I can see how people spell it 'hydrolic' - because of the root in their misspelling is 'hydro' - pertaining to liquid action

Another one that comes up on this forum ... peddle

(I'm sure you can pick out a bunch of grammatical errors above :D)
 

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highdelll said:
I can't tell if we're agreeing or disagreeing...
both ;)

potayto... potahto

how about "could of"...

I could of fixed it on the trail if I had a spare tube.

not even a homonym!!!
 
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