Is “Eaches” a word?

I could not find “eaches” in any dictionary. It is commonly used in the warehouse industry to describe a unit of measure. Eg – “exact dimensions and weight of each item in each unit of measure the item is stocked (eaches, cases, pallets, etc)”.

Secondly, can a term be used like this even if it is not in a dictionary?

9 Answers

  • The correct term would be per each, or per item, or just each.

    Words and language are developed by their users, so it can be difficult to ascertain when a word may be considered “correct” or “incorrect”. If enough people in a language group use a certain word or term often enough for it to come into common usage, then eventually that word or term may eventually be considered proper usage, even though at one time it was not considered proper usage.

    Most scholars agree that unless there is a real need to come up with a word or term to describe something for which there is no other description, proper usage should be maintained by using terms and words people are already familiar with in order to avoid confusion by members of that language group.

    In this case, I would consider the use of “eaches” to be improper usage since there are already terms that can be used to describe the idea that each item, case and pallet has been measured per item, case, pallet, etc.

  • It’s not really a word.

    But if it’s used, it is jargon, and legitimate, even if a dictionary doesn’t cover it. New editions of dictionaries may list what are called “nelogisms,” that is, new words.

    I remember seeing a produce dude on tv refer to some fruits and vegies as being sold “by the each.” In other words, not by the pound or by weight.

    There are a million new words being created over in Silicon Valley that are necessary to describe new technology. If you eaves-dropped in at Cisco or Intel today, you’d probably be befuddled by all the new language you didn’t understand.

    In time, jargon may become commonplace. “Hard-drive” was once jargon but now it’s just another word.

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    Is "Eaches" a word?

    I could not find "eaches" in any dictionary. It is commonly used in the warehouse industry to describe a unit of measure. Eg – "exact dimensions and weight of each item in each unit of measure the item is stocked (eaches, cases, pallets, etc)".

    Secondly, can a term be used…

  • “Eaches” is indeed used in the warehouse industry. It is industry jargon, and a unit of measure when there is no other suitable unit of measure. “Items” could be considered a synonym but “items” in context does not disambiguate as well as “eaches” which is used *only* as a nondescript unit of measure.

  • ” Eaches ” or inches sure you are not confusing by the two. Inches has to do with measurement. Although it could be a word and not be in the dictionary, it could also be a slang / shorting for something.

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  • according to www.webster.com, it’s not a word.

    you can still use a word and it not being in the dictionary if it’s slang.

  • Maybe it’s the plural of ‘Each’.

    Just Kidding.

  • definitely not it might however another bastardisation of the English language by Americans.

    http://www.wordreference.com/definition/bastardisa…

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