Originally Posted By: rray
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I’m just curious about proper verbiage.
The wire I'm interested in appears to be a copper wire covered with what appears to be aluminum. With that statement, is it called "aluminum-clad copper wire" or "copper-clad aluminum wire"?
My English proficiency tells me that since the core is a copper wire and the covering is aluminum, that it should be aluminum-clad copper wire. Note that "aluminum-clad" modifies "copper wire."
However, proper English has never stopped any profession from naming something the way that profession sees fit.