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His motivation for changing it to something meaning ' the East electrode ' ( other candidates had been " eastode ", " oriode " and " anatolode ") was to make it immune to a possible later change in the direction convention for current, whose exact nature was not known at the time.

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His motivation for changing it to something meaning ' the West electrode ' ( other candidates had been " westode ", " occiode " and " dysiode ") was to make it immune to a possible later change in the direction convention for current, whose exact nature was not known at the time.

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