AW: [ RadSafe ] What Are Radionuclear Materials?
SPerle at mirion.com
Sun Sep 20 17:12:53 CDT 2009
I agree with Franz.
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Doug, Scott and RADSAFErs,
As you all know, I am not a native speaker, but some say that I have a good
command of English and many say that I have a good feeling for terms.
I have never heard before the term "radionuclear" and this though all
relevant scientific literature is in English. I consume quite a lot of
My feeling is that the term "...nuclear..." will provoke at the very first
moment an association to "nuclear bomb" or "nuclear power". So it did for
me. My second association was, that this might come from greens. They are
masters (or they hire them) to create words, which could intimitate or at
least create a negative reputation for anything nuclear. One example, which
I hope I can explain well enough for non-German speakers:
In about the 70's there was a fierce debate within the green groups on how
to call "nuclear power" in their pamphlets, their propaganda and in their
press releases. In German "nucleus" is "Kern". But this is also used for the
stones of cherries, apricot, plums, grapes etc. as well as a synonym for
"center". The all-German translation of Nuclear Power Plant is
"Kernkraftwerk" abbreviated KKW. The top greens insisted, that this term was
not to be used by them, because it would "downplay" the horrors of NPP by
associating them to fruits and other harmless things. Instead there had to
be used the term "Atomkraftwerk", because "Atom" would automatically be
associated with "Atombombe" (nuclear bomb).
I hope this explains, why I am much against such a term. Additionally I
think we need not invent new terms, we have enough.
Franz Schoenhofer, PhD
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