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Re: English usage bug in bytecomp.el

From: Nick Roberts
Subject: Re: English usage bug in bytecomp.el
Date: Tue, 8 Mar 2005 21:49:15 +1300

 > [Discussion of "`foo' is an obsolete function since 21.4;"]
 > >> .  This combination of "is" and "since" is incorrect English usage.
 > >I think "is ... since" is pretty common usage actually, and certainly
 > >makes sense.
 > <Gnashes teeth>
 > Yes, it does make sense and it is regrettably common usage, but it is
 > WRONG.  It is something that a native English speaker would never say.
 > In this case, it is just as easy to be correct.

I don't know if it's correct or not but I think it is effective use of
English. I think its important to remember that English may not be the first
language for many Emacs users. "`foo' is an obsolete function since 21.4" is
concise: it tells the user that foo *is* obsolete and then that it became
obsolete in version 21.4. He doesn't have to understand the many forms of past
tense that English can have.


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