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Old 06-19-2012, 03:11 PM   #16
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It is correct, just not unambiguous.
It's incorrect for what he wanting to communicate.

Also, it's incorrect period, because the motion he described required two seperate axes, not coaxial movement. Try to move your fingers like that coaxially, and you'll need to twist your arms like a rubberband on a balsawood airplane.

p.s. I agree with BookCat, say it just like you said it, if that's why you were asking.

If the whole of us super-geniuses here can't think of one clear term, you might as well coin one yourself, cuz I bet there ain't one!


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Old 06-19-2012, 04:59 PM   #17
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There are helicopters that have coaxial, counter-rotating props. Also the Wyvern, a British turboprop airplane drove a coaxial prop.
Just thought I'd throw that in!
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But the average reader is going to think, "coaxial? What does that mean?" and communication is broken as said reader either hunts for meaning, or skips it, carrying on not knowing what was meant.

Surely writing is entirely about communication. Don't perturb the reader's dream with overly specialised words.
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Old 06-19-2012, 10:02 PM   #19
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There are helicopters that have coaxial, counter-rotating props. Also the Wyvern, a British turboprop airplane drove a coaxial prop.
Just thought I'd throw that in!

Sure but the example he gave to illustrate involved rotating your fingers in opposite directions, which would be ...um...hard to do coaxially, so clearly that was not the property he was looking for.
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If the whole of us super-geniuses here can't think of one clear term, you might as well coin one yourself, cuz I bet there ain't one!
There is a correct, unambiguous word, and it's already been stated: "counter-rotating".
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Old 06-20-2012, 06:22 AM   #21
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Ah. I missed that.
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