molécule du gaz / molécule gaz

English translation: gas molecule / gas supply

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French term or phrase:molécule du gaz / molécule gaz
English translation:gas molecule / gas supply
Entered by: Jennifer Strachan

12:19 Jul 31, 2007
French to English translations [PRO]
Tech/Engineering - Petroleum Eng/Sci / natural gas supply
French term or phrase: molécule du gaz / molécule gaz
Expressions included in a tender call for natural gas supply: "prix soumis pour la molécule du gaz" and "la fourniture de la molécule gaz". I know they simply mean the (natural) gas price quote and gas delivery, but I am curious as to this particular usage (and possible rendering) of "molécule" .
Jennifer Strachan
Local time: 19:13
absurd typo???
Explanation:
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mètre cube
molé cule

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Note added at 4 hrs (2007-07-31 16:29:33 GMT)
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Of course that would also have to be "LE mètre cube", not "LA".

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Note added at 4 hrs (2007-07-31 16:31:30 GMT)
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But then if that IS the problem and in French "molécule" has sailed through unopposed, what do you do? People!!! They are hopeless, aren't they!

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Note added at 8 hrs (2007-07-31 20:53:58 GMT)
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Quite right! It appears to be a largely Canadian thing, this "gas molecule" business. The expression seems to have been invented to distinguish the commodity gas (as you have also found) from the gas pipe. One Union Gas article explained that gas providers used not to make profits on the gas they sold (the "molecules"), only on the transport of that gas.

People DO seem to say "molecule" (though there aren't actually that many ghits in the right context), but I would prefer to see "commodity" (or "cubic metre"!). After all, whatever you call it, you still have to get it there through a pipeline, and still have to get your brain around the distinction. My brain just doesn't like "molecule"!
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absurd typo???


Explanation:
Compare handwritten
mètre cube
molé cule

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Note added at 4 hrs (2007-07-31 16:29:33 GMT)
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Of course that would also have to be "LE mètre cube", not "LA".

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Note added at 4 hrs (2007-07-31 16:31:30 GMT)
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But then if that IS the problem and in French "molécule" has sailed through unopposed, what do you do? People!!! They are hopeless, aren't they!

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Note added at 8 hrs (2007-07-31 20:53:58 GMT)
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Quite right! It appears to be a largely Canadian thing, this "gas molecule" business. The expression seems to have been invented to distinguish the commodity gas (as you have also found) from the gas pipe. One Union Gas article explained that gas providers used not to make profits on the gas they sold (the "molecules"), only on the transport of that gas.

People DO seem to say "molecule" (though there aren't actually that many ghits in the right context), but I would prefer to see "commodity" (or "cubic metre"!). After all, whatever you call it, you still have to get it there through a pipeline, and still have to get your brain around the distinction. My brain just doesn't like "molecule"!

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