However Steven asked a question that does have a accurate and correct answer, not to wordy, I hope.
Cramps:- A device that uses a screw mechanism as a force. ie. G Cramp, Sash Cramp. From the word Cramp Iron.
Clamp:- Brace, clasp or band that fastnens items together.
These are the origins of the two words. However, the words are so abused that they are rarely used in their original context. Many store sell Sash Clamps and G clamps, although incorrect the Clamp has started to replace the cramp in many circles and cramp may become redundant if the trend continues.
I really don't care so please don't direct comments at me....
I was told many years ago on asking the very same question as a still wet behind the ears apprentice and the answer I got was (after a clip on the ear :evil: )" look lad these are sash cramps the long ones with the holes in and these are G-clamps the ones that look like the letter G now pipper off and dont ask stupid questions". So if this is the wrong answer then I was lead astray at a tender age never to recover
I don't rightly care either, clamps or cramps. There are some people who get really anal about it though and that does annoy the hell out of me, hence the reason for my answer.
Having worked for years with a guy who called a table saw a "circular saw" I tend to call them that too, but that really annoys people who love to get precious and tell me what a circular saw is, but I call them a rip snorter!!
Too many people believe that knowing all the jargon makes them knowledgeable, better that they actually just enjoy what they do and let others enjoy what they do too, whatever they want to call things.