My English teacher said that it isn't correct to say:

"current of data"

Is he right?
so how can I say a moving data from one hardware(e.i. computer, memory) to other?

I think about:

"stream of data". Is it right?

What is the problem in first use?

  • If you use the noun, current, you can use it as data current. – hbadger19042 Jul 20 '20 at 5:18
  • Current is the movement of water within a body of water. A stream is a body of water. The metaphor is not the same. Data stream is a common term for any sequence of data that is produced by one component and consumed by another. Another is pipeline. Data current and current of data are not used. – epl Jul 20 '20 at 5:48
  • @epl That's only one sense of current. It could also be the metaphorical equivalent of an electrical current—flowing data that conveys information, rather than flowing electricity that conveys power. – Jason Bassford Jul 20 '20 at 13:28
  • @JasonBassford: Of course, it could mean such, in principle, but it does not do so, in practice. The metaphors normally used are that between a flowing body of water and some transfer of data, and that between water currents and a specific class of electrical activity. Inferring from these particular metaphors a completely separate one has no value. Are any sources available suggesting that data current is in active use at any level near that of data stream? – epl Jul 20 '20 at 20:17
  • @epl That's immediately what I thought of when I heard data current: electricity, not water. And metaphors are not real. They exist in the mind of each person who hears them—even if they aren't common expressions, which this one is not. You cannot say that the interpretation is wrong or that the expression itself is wrong (has no value). All you can say is that the expression itself is uncommon. – Jason Bassford Jul 20 '20 at 20:21

There's nothing particularly wrong with using the word "current" as a metaphor for the flow of data from one place to another, it's just not commonly used in this context and it's likely that the listener won't understand what you mean.

Stream, on the other hand, has a well-defined meaning in computing and is a more commonly used metaphor.

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