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by Phil White
Fri Jul 08, 2005 4:48 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: What's a record?
Replies: 12
Views: 2161

What's a record?

Dale, it was probably felt that Googlecache was a more natural habitat for purple-people-eaters. The team here don't support keeping beasts, or indeed anything remotely beastly, against their will.
by Phil White
Fri Jul 08, 2005 4:21 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Surveil
Replies: 7
Views: 2772

Surveil

Russ, I am dating nobody, let alone myself. Reading Ken's list and Fowler's contribution in Modern English Usage, I find that there are relatively few I don't feel happy with. "Enthuse", I certainly don't have difficulty with. Just "surveil" and some of the more outrageous ones like "locomote". I ha...
by Phil White
Fri Jul 08, 2005 9:04 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Surveil
Replies: 7
Views: 2772

Surveil

Listening to the Sky News reporting of the London bombings last night, one of the reporters used the back-formation "surveil" ("all the underground stations are surveilled"). It's been around for some time now and has met with the same sort of resistance as other back-formations such as "donate" in ...
by Phil White
Fri Jul 08, 2005 8:55 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Choice or choices
Replies: 23
Views: 7859

Choice or choices

Allan Robert (sorry) , Usage which is initially strange, gradually becomes common and then normal is simply right because it's the way people use the language. Some time in the 14th/15th centuries, people started using the word "dog" in preference to the word "hound". Nobody knows why, but it happe...
by Phil White
Thu Jul 07, 2005 9:13 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Choice or choices
Replies: 23
Views: 7859

Choice or choices

Sorry, "choice" is a noun in both cases. "Choose" is the verb.
If it were a verb, I would be able to say *"I choice the red one". (The asterisk is the traditional way of marking ungrammaticality in lingusitics.)
It is a noun with two related, but different senses.
by Phil White
Thu Jul 07, 2005 9:05 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: tasking engine
Replies: 12
Views: 2165

tasking engine

Ken, Not an algorithm? I have x number-crunching operations to carry out. I have y processing units to do it. I have n other programs competing for the resources. I require t1 amount of time to break down the problem into chunks. I require t2 amount of time to reassemble and route the results. Is th...
by Phil White
Thu Jul 07, 2005 8:48 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: tasking engine
Replies: 12
Views: 2165

tasking engine

I don't reckon that the term would be used in texts aimed at average PC users (average PCs only have one CPU anyway). It's a term used by geeks for geeks. On the other hand, it's not difficult to guess the meaning if you understand terms such as "task" or "multitasking" in the context of computer de...
by Phil White
Thu Jul 07, 2005 9:35 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: tasking engine
Replies: 12
Views: 2165

tasking engine

Dale, The term has a very specific meaning in software engineering. It is the part of a piece of software that distributes the number crunching over several different processors or processing units efficiently in a multitasking environment. It's more commonly called a "multitasking engine" or "multi...
by Phil White
Thu Jul 07, 2005 8:53 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Choice or choices
Replies: 23
Views: 7859

Choice or choices

I'm with Alton and Erik on this one. Either is fine, but the meaning in each case is somewhat different.
"You have three choices: red, green or blue. Now make your choice."
by Phil White
Wed Jul 06, 2005 8:40 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: synesis revisited
Replies: 25
Views: 5597

synesis revisited

We've had a couple of discussions on synesis recently, but I heard one tonight that made my toenails curl (maybe they wouldn't have if I'd used raspberry mint foot butter), although I'm generally very open to such usage. (Try looking up "synesis" with the search function if you can face wading throu...
by Phil White
Wed Jul 06, 2005 6:26 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: body souffles and foot butters
Replies: 10
Views: 1748

body souffles and foot butters

It says everything about how gripping the translation is that I'm currently (not) working on that I decided to find out what foot butter is. I wish I hadn't. "Raspberry Mint Foot Butter"!!! I am grateful for your motivational support, Dale; my translation has suddenly become far more appealing than ...
by Phil White
Wed Jul 06, 2005 1:59 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: When your profession is your surname
Replies: 1
Views: 2955

When your profession is your surname

"Occupational surname", "occupational byname", "metonymic occupational byname" and "metonymic byname" are all used on the genealogical websites.
by Phil White
Sun Jul 03, 2005 8:44 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Origin of the word "wife"
Replies: 10
Views: 8665

Origin of the word "wife"

Shelley, I suppose, in fairness, one ought to say that the Trudgill book originally dates from 1974, although all the intervening editions have been thoroughly reworked to account for new trends and research. I'd like to compare the first edition with the fourth at that point. As far as "woman" is c...
by Phil White
Sat Jul 02, 2005 5:28 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Origin of the word "wife"
Replies: 10
Views: 8665

Origin of the word "wife"

It would sound VERY strange to most women Shelley, Apologies, there's another level of sexism there which I had neglected to point out. My point was intended to be that it would often sound normal to men , but perhaps that applies to the UK more than the US. You are quite right that it would sound ...
by Phil White
Sat Jul 02, 2005 11:05 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Origin of the word "wife"
Replies: 10
Views: 8665

Origin of the word "wife"

smeaGollum, Jonathon Green explained where both words came from here a few years back. The meaning of "a married man" for "husband" actually came from and old root meaning approximately "a house dweller", and all the various meanings that the word has now and has had in the past go back to that. Jon...