Re: verb to noun: cool or incorrect?

Subject: Re: verb to noun: cool or incorrect?
From: "Peter Neilson" <neilson -at- windstream -dot- net>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Wed, 24 Oct 2018 13:23:07 -0400

On Wed, 24 Oct 2018 10:34:30 -0400, Emoto <emoto1 -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:

May I say, in the gentlest of tones, that I HATE, HATE, HATE this kind
of thing. :-)

I try to weed it out whenever possible. We are the last line of defense. LOL.

Some of it is "in-our-office" abbreviations, spoken but not usually written. I was asked by a government clerk, "Wassa soash?"

It took several back-and-forth exchanges before I discovered that she was asking me, "What is your Social Security Number?"

Perhaps we are at fault for allowing abbreviated phrases such as TTL instead of transistor-transistor logic, or agile instead of Agile Software Development.

No, we are not at fault. Many of us have tales of having crushed confusing or unfathomable terminology before it became a standard. My favorite was when I pointed out to a naive software person that his choice of "close" meaning "not exactly, but almost" was already in use in the same product, with the meaning "close the file."

Also, the "Wassa soash?" person routinely pronounced "what" as "watt." The hw phoneme will be gone in another generation.
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