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    Posted: 13 Jan 2019 at 08:18
Until I discovered the wonderful world of international forums, starting with this one, my bikes always had petrol taps. Am I right in thinking that 'petcock' is an American word?.. before I ask the second part of my question
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Brian UK Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Jan 2019 at 08:23
Mine always had taps too. Does this word refer more to the electric ones found on later Calis etc?

If so then clearly it's because they go wrong so often. LOL  The full name would be petcockup.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Tarquin Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Jan 2019 at 09:02
I always say Petrol Tap BUT I knock my mains house water off at the Stopcock as I'm sure most do.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote iansoady Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Jan 2019 at 10:53
Cock is a British word as mentioned by Tarquin - if petcock was a US term then presumably it would be gascock?

But tap is always what I've called them.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Jerry atric Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Jan 2019 at 11:46
I agree with all the above but Americans always SEEM to say 'petcock'. (see youtube) Ian, you have the second part of my question, why don't they say 'gascock'? Our American friends should be waking up soon, perhaps we can get some input from the horses mouth, sort of thing
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Mike H Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Jan 2019 at 23:37
Yes the Americans always call a petrol tap a petcock.

Google for "why is it called a petcock"

It seems it may have originated over here, in that 'pet' is abbreviation of petrol and cock is or was a common name for a valve or tap.
 

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I think the answer may be whether opening a valve, (which is what a tap or petcock is), releases the contents into the open air or not. A water tap lets water flow freely, whereas a stop cock regulates the flow in a close system. Seems a touch pedantic to give a name to a valve based on the fluid it controls, but if it makes people happy.Hug
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