Ahhh…well if you are asking my opinion then I don’t believe it really translates into that. I believe the correct verbiage should be GFCI for the protection aspect of the 4-6mA and above protection and use GFI for the 20mA and up protection for equipment and then use GFP for the requirement for 230.95 150V to ground and not exceeding 600V type of protection on service equipment where applicable.
I would not have a problem with someone calling a GFCI a GFI as well…call me me but depending on the application, someone knowing what you are talking about will know which you are talking about so I kinda don’t worry about the symantics of it but some will disagree ( but I dont let those people bother me…I beat to my own drum )
With that said I don’t think your view of it is too off base…in fact the more I say it your way the more I like it…;)… The act however of a single GFCI device not protecting any devices down stream would still make it a GFCI Device in the eyes of the NEC regardless.
**[FONT=Times New Roman][size=2]Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI). **[/size][/FONT][FONT=Times New Roman][size=2]A device intended
for the protection of personnel that functions to deenergize
a circuit or portion thereof within an established
period of time when a current to ground exceeds the values
established for a Class A device.