ps

English translation: 7, vio, v

20:15 Apr 1, 2017
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Tech/Engineering - Engineering (general) / Wire color abbreviations
Dutch term or phrase: ps
I have a black and white drawing with electrical wires of different colors indicated by abbreviations like:
- br,
- gr,
- pa
- rd,
- rs,
- wt,
- zw, etc.

In this list, I also find a couple of abbreviations that I believe are variations for (I believe) the same colors, including:
- both "br" and "bn" for "bruin",
- both "ge" and "gl" for "geel".
(Please tell me if I am wrong here).

"Paars" appears often as "pa". Of course, "ps" might be another inconsistent abbreviation for the same color. But, as an Italian, I find it a bit difficult to imagine that ps could look like a natural abbreviation for paars. Can you please tell me if it looks more natural to you, or if you see another color fitting here?
Luca Tutino
Italy
Local time: 04:00
English translation:7, vio, v
Explanation:
Not unheard of for colors to be abbrev. with 1st & last letter... particularly to avoid confusion with ones starting with the same 2 letters. For example, grijs/groen => gr/gr vs. gs/gn; so "ps" makes sense to me for "paars".

Example:
http://www.amstelglorie.nl/plantenruil/Inschrijf%20Gerda.pdf

Now, as for a translation, there are standard color codes that are understood in the electronics industry, so perhaps you can borrow from that. Violet is 7, so you can use either the number 7, the single letter "v" or "vio" depending on your target audience.

If they're multi-colored, V or Vio still work for the color "paars", but the number code will change depending on what color its combined with.

I can already see you're going to have a headache with this b/c gr could mean green or gray, which will change the abbreviation since grijs is translated as slate in a wiring context.

Good luck!
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Bryan Crumpler
United States
Local time: 22:00
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Thank you Bryan. Even more than the answer I found useful the whole discussion. Thanks to Lianne and Barend.
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7, vio, v


Explanation:
Not unheard of for colors to be abbrev. with 1st & last letter... particularly to avoid confusion with ones starting with the same 2 letters. For example, grijs/groen => gr/gr vs. gs/gn; so "ps" makes sense to me for "paars".

Example:
http://www.amstelglorie.nl/plantenruil/Inschrijf%20Gerda.pdf

Now, as for a translation, there are standard color codes that are understood in the electronics industry, so perhaps you can borrow from that. Violet is 7, so you can use either the number 7, the single letter "v" or "vio" depending on your target audience.

If they're multi-colored, V or Vio still work for the color "paars", but the number code will change depending on what color its combined with.

I can already see you're going to have a headache with this b/c gr could mean green or gray, which will change the abbreviation since grijs is translated as slate in a wiring context.

Good luck!

Bryan Crumpler
United States
Local time: 22:00
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Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 14
Grading comment
Thank you Bryan. Even more than the answer I found useful the whole discussion. Thanks to Lianne and Barend.
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