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Coyote Musings
Coyote handsome
his coat the same brown
as the dust from which he rises

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What is the sound of one hand slapping Schroedinger's cat?

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The Quantum Duck goes "quark, quark."

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Help!

When is it appropriate to use "disc," and when "disk"?

Is there any difference?

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See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disk_or_disc

"Whatever their heritage, in computer jargon today it is common for the k-spelling to refer mainly to magnetic storage devices, while the c-spelling is customary for optical media such as the compact disc and similar technologies. Even in the computing field, however, the terms are used inconsistently; software documentation often uses the c-spelling exclusively."

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So what if sometimes I'm talking about computer items, and other times I'm talking about disks made of quartz or glass or from a hole punch?

"Disc" in general is British (and French) for flat round things. Used for optical media, phonograph discs, spinal discs and other biological features.

"Disk" in general is American for flat round things. Used for magnetic media, astronomy (solar disk), mechanical (disk brakes, disk harrow).

Hmm. I'd use "disc" for flat round things not computer-related, but I don't know that that's a rule or the result of my reading and computer-intensive life.

It's "compact disc," not "compact disk."

Alternatively, I think of "Floppy disks," not "floppy discs."