Imagine you are remodeling your home in Indianapolis, and you need your electrical system rewired. So, you hire an electrician from White’s Electrical. Upon arriving and poking around, the electrician begins talking about the neighborhood bird and how there is a problem with the bank. You might assume he is up to some funny business, but you would be wrong. Electricians use industry language and slang like everyone else. A BURD (not “bird”) is a Buried Urban Residential Distribution. And a “bank” has nothing to do with the financial institution. Rather, it is a group of electrical devices connected in a specific way to increase electrical capacity.
Below is a list of funny-sounding, industry-specific words electricians use that, were you uninformed, you might find confusing.
Dictionary of Funny Words in the Electrical Industry
A tool on a hot stick with which utility workers tie a wire or cable into an insulator.
Holds conductors where they end at a pole or other structure. It is buried in the ground and connects to the pole by a guy-wire.
An electrical discharge through the air.
Limits surge voltage by diverting it.
An insulated platform used when working on a pole.
A device that limits the current.
Electrical devices that are connected to increase electrical capacity.
Bayonet Cap (BC)
A type of lamp base.
Joining metallic parts.
Buried Urban Residential Distribution.
An electrical load on a circuit.
A conductor, such as a metal bar, that connects one or more circuits to an interface.
An overhead transformer.
Circuits, lines, or equipment that does not have electrical power.
The tube of a fused cutout.
When a relay moved to a position in which it is no longer electrified.
The act of pulling wires through walls when installing the wire.
Slang for Universal Bushing Well.
Slang for “Line Hose.”
A tool used to bend metal tubing and conduit.
Unit of frequency.
The main line from a service panel to the first device in the circuit.
A line or device that has electricity running through it.
Investor Owned Utility
A lighting device made out of porcelain used for temporary lighting or in a storage area.
Unit of electrical resistance.
When a relay switches to an electrified position.
A temporary light.
Slang for the device electricians use to move an overhead conductor underground.
A channel used for holding conductors, cables, tubing, wire ways, and bus ways.
A rope used to control things that are being lifted.
The softness of metal.
A device that changes voltage.
The highest-voltage network an electric utility system uses.
A long metal or plastic container that houses cables and wires.
Uninterruptable Power Supply.