Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/03/28

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Giclee and gelatine (was SNAPS etc.)
From: "B. D. Colen" <>
Date: Wed, 28 Mar 2001 13:14:30 -0500
References: <9DC5E2ABE65BD54CA9088DA3194461D604A99AD8@BBY1EXM01>

Paul Chefurka wrote:
> I think the use of the term giclee (it's from gicleur meaning nozzle or jet, so I think giclee means squirted or jetted) is either pretension, given that a perfectly good English word "inkjet" exists, or obscurantism.  Few people know what giclee actually means, so it can be used to hide the true nature of the process, while at the same time giving it an aura of class or refinement.

It is indeed obscurantism. And quite intentional. The problem is that if
you say "inkjet," the average person things of some smeary printout of a
school report, not a high quality photographic image. And since the
"inkjet" processes now used for photographic printing are lightyears
removed from the early desktop word processing printers, rather than
trying to explain the changes, it's often just easier to change the

If the Cone Piezo process is being used, I'm partial myself to the term
"carbon ink print." But, hey, to each his own.

As to the Scotch issue...While there are some incredibly pretentious
people who make a big deal out of their Scotch consumption, single malts
are as different from blended Scotch as Cone Piezography prints are from
old inkjet printouts.

B. D.
Who No Longer Has A Sense of Smell or Taste, So The Single Malt Issue Is

> Now I'm not saying the use of these terms are wrong - we have plenty of other French words in common usage in the arts, and accurately labelling a process is a good idea.  I just react badly to these particular usages, so I'm really grumbling in my single-malt, practicing so I can be as good a curmudgeon some day as Buzz or Ted...
> Paul
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Guy Bennett []
> Sent: Wednesday, March 28, 2001 10:52 AM
> To:
> Subject: RE: [Leica] WAS: SNAPS & England & the LHS: NOW "snaps use"
> Isn't "giclée" merely the French for "ink jet"?
> If so, would it be the use of the French term in English that you find
> pretentious (for in this case it would not be a euphemism), or is it the
> term itself?
> Guy

In reply to: Message from Paul Chefurka <> ([Leica] Giclee and gelatine (was SNAPS etc.))