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Re^3: Wassercrats::Improved, Part Deaux

by ysth (Canon)
on Aug 27, 2004 at 16:52 UTC ( #386428=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^2: Wassercrats::Improved, Part Deaux
in thread Perl::Improved Volume 0, Number 0

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"?
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Re^4: Perl::Improved Volume 0, Number 0
by Wassercrats on Aug 29, 2004 at 20:52 UTC
    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 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.
        Sounds like 59% of the Usage Panel would approve of my usage, but I'm open to suggestions for a different word or phrase. All of my critiques will be negative, even though I don't know a thing about many of the functions yet. I have confidence in myself.

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