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Re: Fix UK spelling in comments and ChangeLog entries?

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: Fix UK spelling in comments and ChangeLog entries?
Date: Mon, 30 Jun 2008 15:39:07 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/23.0.60 (gnu/linux)

"Lennart Borgman (gmail)" <address@hidden> writes:

> Alan Mackenzie wrote:
>> Hi, Kenichi,
>> On Fri, Jun 27, 2008 at 09:16:25PM +0900, Kenichi Handa wrote:
>>> Anyway, for me (a non native English speeker), the more helpful thing
>>> is to standardise which word to use (e.g. remove/delete,
>>> replace/substitute, accept/permit/allow, preserve/retain,
>>> put/set/store, property/attribute, vector/array, go-to/move-to,
>>> cancel/undo, etc.) :-p
>> NO!!  Different words have different meanings.  For example, if you
>> delete something, it's gone.  If you remove something, you can later put
>> it back again.
>> You might substitute a fresh football player for a tired one, but you'd
>> replace a broken light bulb (answer, it only takes one Emacs hacker to
>> change a light bulb).
>> And so on.
>> There a few pairs of words indeed in English in which one means exactly
>> the same as the other.  It is surely the same in other languages.  Let us
>> strive, always, to use the most fitting word, and to preserve and retain
>> the fine control this gives us over our meanings.
> That is nice. For some non native English speakers it would be good to
> have a document describing those small differences.

Uh no, it is not nice.  The poetry of Emacs is at a different level than
the poetry of drama.  The language of documentation should be blunt and
to the point.  We don't want to hide differences in the subtlety of

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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