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Re^2: Wassercrats::Improved, Part Deaux

by hardburn (Abbot)
on Aug 27, 2004 at 16:15 UTC ( #386415=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: Wassercrats::Improved, Part Deaux
in thread Perl::Improved Volume 0, Number 0

If you can't come up with a good argument, then don't critique it.

"There is no shame in being self-taught, only in not trying to learn in the first place." -- Atrus, Myst: The Book of D'ni.


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Re^3: Wassercrats::Improved, Part Deaux
by ysth (Canon) on Aug 27, 2004 at 16:52 UTC
    I was kind of amused by the choice of the word "critique", which doesn't actually mean only negative comments, though it seems to be clear that that's how he meant it. Would it make you happier if he reported "drawbacks" or "caveats"?
      Main Entry: 1cri·tique
      Pronunciation: kr&-'tEk, kri-
      Function: noun
      Etymology: alteration of 2critic
      : an act of criticizing; especially : a critical estimate or discussion

      Main Entry: crit·i·cal
      Pronunciation: 'kri-ti-k&l
      Function: adjective
      ...
      2 a : inclined to criticize severely and unfavorably

        http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=critique says (if I understand the layout, listing as a source, The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition Copyright © 2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company):
        Usage Note: Critique has been used as a verb meaning “to review or discuss critically” since the 18th century, but lately this usage has gained much wider currency, in part because the verb criticize, once neutral between praise and censure, is now mainly used in a negative sense. But this use of critique is still regarded by many as pretentious jargon, although resistance appears to be weakening. In our 1997 ballot, 41 percent of the Usage Panel rejected the sentence As mock inquisitors grill him, top aides take notes and critique the answers with the President afterward. Ten years earlier, 69 percent disapproved of this same sentence. Resistance is still high when a person is critiqued: 60 percent of the Usage Panel rejects its use in the sentence Students are taught how to do a business plan and then are critiqued on it. Thus, it may be preferable to avoid this word. There is no exact synonym, but in most contexts one can usually substitute go over, review, or analyze. ·Note, however, that critique is widely accepted as a noun in a neutral context; 86 percent of the Panel approved of its use in the sentence The committee gave the report a thorough critique and found it both informed and intelligent.

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