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Re: English usage bug in bytecomp.el

From: Miles Bader
Subject: Re: English usage bug in bytecomp.el
Date: Tue, 8 Mar 2005 18:57:31 +0900

On Tue, 8 Mar 2005 08:02:35 +0000 (GMT), Alan Mackenzie <address@hidden> wrote:
> [Discussion of "`foo' is an obsolete function since 21.4;"]
> >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.

Hmm, I'm a native English speaker (and I certainly appreciate fine
language), but I don't mind this at all.  It simply doesn't register
very high on the "feels wrong" scale, though it does a little.

I also agree with Nick that the "correct" form is less clear (and
requires a funny little twiddly bit in the code).

However, a variant which might be even clearer, and maybe less
objectionable would be "FOO is an obsolete function (since 21.4)".

Do not taunt Happy Fun Ball.

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