To make my point, a queestion:
When you "install them every day," is it your opinion that you install an outlet that receives a receptacle, or that you install a box that receives an outlet?
Or should we agree that the assembly of box and receptacle comprise the outlet?
I maintain that the outlet and the device are (usually) two separate items that we sometimes combine.
I say a receptacle mounted in an outlet makes that outlet a receptacle outlet. The receptacle itself isn't the outlet, the box is. .
I guess what I'm saying (or not) is that an outlet is not necessarily a specific object, it's more of a location.Well, the receptacle is the contact device at the outlet a box is not always required there are listed devices that do not require a box.. and , though I recognize it would be a violation , a standard run of the mill receptacle will provide a contact point at the outlet without the box. so a box has little to do with the outlet IMO.
I agree with the direction of your statement. But I think the definition of Outlet helps very specifically with the nature of the "location".I guess what I'm saying (or not) is that an outlet is not necessarily a specific object, it's more of a location.