Whimsy, in the kernel?
in reply to Frivolous function names
while (is_computer_on() && !is_computer_on_fire())
As for semantics, I like to keep function names paired, such as Get/Set, Load/Save, Begin/End, Start/Finish and so forth, and try not to mix them.
The use of something like fetch_record() implies that it will try and retrieve it if possible, unless there is no record to fetch. However, get_record() may imply that it gets a record, even creating a new one of required. That get_record() might come back empty handed could be a bit of a surprise. It's like, "Hey! I asked for a record, where is it?"