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Re: Fighting the denigration of hacking

by theguvnor (Chaplain)
on Feb 08, 2004 at 15:01 UTC ( #327462=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Fighting the denigration of hacking

I sympathise. It grates on my nerves when people abuse the English language. You almost make Abigail's point for her though when you write (emphasis mine):

To loose sight of the foundations of the art

You probably meant "lose", the verb to lose being far different than either the adjective "loose" or the verb "to loose (an arrow etc.)". You probably know this and just hit the 'o' key an extra time. Yet I see that mistake so often that at some point, dictionaries will "officially" recognise that "loose" is being used in place of "lose".

My point is not to single out what was probably a minor typo on your part, rather it is to illustrate how difficult it is to hold any kind of line against this kind of morphing within languages. People generally don't care enough. Though this is sad in many ways, I suppose if language didn't evolve at all it would die, much like Latin.


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