- Jan 1, 1970
No, IDIOT! They are NOT batteries, they ARE CELLS!
A singular device I a CELL. Only retards in the 60s and 70s started
this calling them alL a "battery" when they are (were) NOT such.
Origins aside (and I have some sympathy for the precriptivist
argument), it's considered acceptable these days* to call a cell a
battery.. but it's never acceptable to call a multi-cell battery a
He or she said it was _not_ a cell. That is saying that it consists of
more than one cell. So, certainly not a lithium CR2032 'battery',
which is a single button cell.
* the rot seems to have set in earlier than the 60s and 70s-- my 1949
edition of the "Standard Handbook for Electrical Engineers" says,
somewhat snarkily, "In accordance with common usage the term is also
applied to a single cell". Common usage usually wins out in the long
run-- there are more commoners than nobility, after all.