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Re^11: Best practice or cargo cult?

by BrowserUk (Pope)
on Feb 02, 2007 at 22:21 UTC ( #598025=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re^10: Best practice or cargo cult?
in thread Best practice or cargo cult?

It's not what they do. It's whether whatever I just added to the regex requires one, the other or both. Or whether what I just deleted cos it didn't work means I should remove, one the other or both. It's just a distraction.

But they are nice pnuemo... newmo... nuemonics ;)


Examine what is said, not who speaks -- Silence betokens consent -- Love the truth but pardon error.
"Science is about questioning the status quo. Questioning authority".
In the absence of evidence, opinion is indistinguishable from prejudice.


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Re^12: Best practice or cargo cult?
by roboticus (Canon) on Aug 03, 2007 at 10:37 UTC

      Yeah! I have a mnemonic for remembering how to spell that word and a bunch of other difficult ones. It goes like this: Don't F^%&^&%&^ bother! :)

      The only reason English persists with its ludicrous, illogical and inconsistant spelling, is because there are a bunch of fuddy duddies that believe that simplifying and regularising its spelling would somehow steal its power to captivate and move us.

      Personally, I put that right up there along side the beliefs and superstitions of some old time native cultures & religions that thought someone taking their photograph would steal their souls.

      Many other languages, including Dutch, German, Scandanavian have taken the step of regularising their spellings over the last 30 years, and the ongoing benefits to their younger generations education standards are manifest.


      Examine what is said, not who speaks -- Silence betokens consent -- Love the truth but pardon error.
      "Science is about questioning the status quo. Questioning authority".
      In the absence of evidence, opinion is indistinguishable from prejudice.
        I actually prefer to see words spelled correctly because I read fast, and when the word is wrong it stops me in my tracks.

        However, I sure wish we could fix a bunch of words and give 'em sane spellings!

        It's just like our computers: The 8008 was successful, and when Intel came out with the 8080, they wanted to keep their market share by making it "source code compatible" (if I recall correctly). Then, of course, the 8086 was another "source code compatible" upgrade. The instruction set is messy, and I really wish it had more registers. But most of the other CPUs with nicer instruction/register sets didn't get popular enough. So we're stuck with some oddball special cases in our assembler code....

        Update: I just recalled that at my son's school, they're not emphasizing spelling so much as communications. Perhaps the next generation will have a shot at improving our spelling!

        Many other languages, including Dutch, German, Scandanavian have taken the step of regularising their spellings over the last 30 years, and the ongoing benefits to their younger generations education standards are manifest.

        Given the unmitigated disaster that the Rechtschreibreform has been, I'm not sure citing it amongst the examples to follow is wise.


        All dogma is stupid.

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