duck tape vs duct tape : Common Errors in English

About duck tape vs duct tape

A commercial firm has named its product “Duck Tape,” harking back to the original name for this adhesive tape (which was green), developed by Johnson & Johnson during World War II to waterproof ammunition cases. It is now usually called “duct tape,” for its supposed use in connecting ventilation and other ducts (which match its current silver color). Note that modern building codes consider duct tape unsafe for sealing ducts, particularly those that convey hot air.

duct tape Meaning(s)

  • (n) a wide silvery adhesive tape intended to seal joints in sheet metal duct work but having many other uses

duck tape in News

duct tape in News

  1. Avon hosts Duct Tape Festival

    They'll celebrate all things duct tape in Avon this weekend at the 10th annual Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival.
    on June 15, 2013 Source: News Channel 5 Cleveland

  2. Lake Forrest 4th-grader on a roll with new duct-tape business

    Duct tape may be a bland-looking product, but fourth-grader Dylan Bartley knew what was needed to make an idea stick. Spurred on by the spirit of the holiday season late last fall, Dylan turned to duct tape crafts to brighten the hallways of Lake ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Seminole Chronicle

  3. Lawyer: Duct tape use on kids not rare

    An attorney defending an Indiana man accused of binding his fiancee's children with duct tape and then setting the fire that killed them says it's not uncommon for parents to use duct tape to... Read more at
    on June 12, 2013 Source: WISH-TV Indianapolis

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