Posted by ESC on August 17, 2003
In Reply to: Power Outage posted by Henry on August 16, 2003
: : : 'Outage, in the sense of 'Power Outage' is unknown in Britain - 'Power failure' is the current term. How many other countries use 'outage', I wonder?
: : : However, I'm glad that the electricity is getting back to normal.
: : U.S. -- we use outage and failure. Or, more likely, "The power is off." Or, "The electricity is off."
: UK also uses power cuts
OUTAGE - "a period of interrupted service, as of electric power or gas. 1903, formed from 'out,' adv. + 'age,' on the model of shortage." "The Barnhart Concise Dictionary of Etymology" by Robert K. Barnhart (HarperCollins Publishers, New York, 1995).