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Sep 12 2012   1:57PM GMT

Wind turban or wind turbine

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

Which is correct?
The manufacturer’s commitment to clean technology is demonstrated through its on-site ___________, waste heat and rainwater collection, recycling and energy-efficient buildings.
a. wind turbans
b. wind turbines

Answer: b.

Explanation:
A turbine is a machine that uses the pressure of something fluid, like water or air, on a wheel to get power. A turban is a traditional Muslim headdress created by winding a strip of cloth around the head.

A verbatim Google search turns up 55,000 entries for “wind turban.” Granted, some of those are based on word-play but there are a lot of entries that seem to indicate that the writer is unaware of the difference. Here are a few examples:

 

www.diybanter.com › Do – it – YourselfHome Repair
10 posts – 6 authors – 3 May 2007
During a recent wind storm, the wind turban attic fan came apart, and the top part (circular turban part), blew off. I had a handyman to re- attach
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SIC: 491199 – Wind Turban Operations | California U.S. Business

ca.mingluji.com/category/sic/491199_-_Wind_Turban_Operations

This is the companies list of 491199 California, U.S..

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What is the average height of a commercial wind turban in Oklahoma?

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RESIDENTIAL WIND TURBAN

www.generator-center.com/residential-wind-turban/

RESIDENTIAL WIND TURBAN::Article relating to Residential wind turban. Home power generation resource site. Everything you need know about residential

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The Eggcorn Forum has an entry for wind turban.
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