Iron and Steel (a Pocket Encyclopedia) Including Allied Industries and Sciences
This is short hand for: The iron oxide or 'scale which forms on the surface of this steel adheres so firmly that, unless it is heated so highly that it melts, some of it will cleave to the metal during the operation of rolling, and hence will deface the finished plates into which the steel is to be rolled. The heater's words are not English; they are jargon, and it is proper that they should be. If he persisted in translating them into English as I have done, and in talking English in general, he would simply justify the dismissal which would surely come. The guild has evolved its jargon for its own use. To replace it with the King's English would be about as unwise as to replace it with French or modern Greek, or to replace short hand with long hand in the reporting of debate.