RE: Burning CDs and Keys

Subject: RE: Burning CDs and Keys
From: "Humbird, Len" <len -dot- humbird -at- intel -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 23 Oct 2000 12:39:54 -0700

Isn't the root term "burn" a slang for "make", as in "burn a copy"? It
refers to the physical process that places the information on the substrate
layer which, fortunately, is inconsequential. (More precisely, I believe the
writing beam "melts" rather than "burns" the substrate, but the latter
sounds more hip.)

I'm not convinced of the necessity to use "burn", especially in technical


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Grant, Christopher [mailto:CGrant -at- glhec -dot- org]
> Subject: RE: Burning CDs and Keys
> > Hi. Quick question: when you've completed the process of
> > burning security keys or CDs, are the keys/CDs "burned" or
> "burnt?" The
> dictionary
> > shows "burned" and "burnt" as interchangeable when it comes
> to scorched
> > there a preference in the software industry as
> to which word
> is used?
> In my experience, I've never seen burned CDs referred to as
> "burnt CDs". I
> did use "burnt" the time my apartment burned down and I had
> to list my CDs
> as such for the insurance agency. ;)
> I've always seen them referred to as "burned."

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