[svlug] Why are techies not able to communicate?
Brian J. Tarricone
bjt23 at cornell.edu
Wed Mar 4 15:49:42 PST 2009
Brian Basolo wrote:
> In this email for the March 7 Berkeley Global Linux meeting, we see an example of a MADE UP word. I usually encounter this from people marginally familiar with the english language who do not know what word to use, so they make up a new one based on apparently their idea, that opposite words have a sound alike relationship.
> For example in the email below, the word 'prepend' as an opposite of append.
> " prepending "get" and "set" on method names, "
Merriam-Webster seems to believe it's a real word:
(Though it apparently requires payment for their unabridged dictionary
to view it.)
English is a living language... deal with it.
> I have also encountered the same problem with the word 'prepone' to indicate the opposite of postpone, as in "he preponed the meeting:" where the correct word(s) would be 'reschedule', 'changed' or 'moved up' I have also encountered based on the context 'prepone' used instead of cancel.
I've actually never heard anyone use 'prepone' before, but yes, the
thought of it does make me gag.
> I will leave the discussion on the use of 'you all' for another time.
If we had a second-person plural pronoun that was distinct from the
singular form, I imagine we wouldn't need "you all." I personally don't
use it (instead opting for the arguably-worse "you guys"), but I do know
people who do, and it doesn't really bother me.
> Is there a shortage of spell-checking programs in the Unix/Linux world?
I actually find that most technical people are more precise and correct
in their language use than others. At least that's been my experience
where I work, when dealing with people outside Engineering. Hell, I
know a decent number of technical people for whom English is not their
native language who write much better than some non-technical native
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