Over here at Intelex, we use the term an awful lot, as we believe that, though it is most frequently cited in conversations on quality management, it is more of a meta-process that can be applied to all aspects of business management: environment, health, safety, governance…anything!
But a bit of an internal conversation was struck up recently as we noticed some people prefer ‘continuous’, while others use ‘continual’. So we thought we would do a little research and find out which term was correct, or if they represented two ways of stating the same thing.
Here’s a comparison chart outlining what we found (with an albeit highly unscientific methodology):
|Definition||“Recurring regularly or frequently”||
“Forming an unbroken whole; without interruption”
|Google Pickup||About 1.2 million results||
About 9.5 million