Re: "install" as a noun?

Subject: Re: "install" as a noun?
From: Bruce Byfield <bbyfield -at- progeny -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 30 Apr 2001 10:46:49 -0300

"Brierley, Sean" wrote:
> English is great, isn't it?
> Certainly, people are using "install" as a noun. However, I don't think
> these folks have stopped to think whether "installation" might be a better
> choice.

This is a small matter in itself. However, it does bring up some general
issues worth mentioning.

George Orwell, one of my literary heroes, suggests using the smallest
suitable word. In particular, he suggests avoiding Latinate words or
endings whenever an alternative exists.

To these suggestions, I'd add my own observation that, the smaller the
word, the quicker people read it. That's certainly true of me, even
though the vocabulary I understand is probably at least three times the
size of the one I use in tech-writing.

By these standards, I favor "install" in most circumstances. About the
only time I would use "installation" is as an occasional variation, or
to add a somewhat more formal tone (assuming that I would ever want to).

Bruce Byfield 604.421.7177 bbyfield -at- progeny -dot- com

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