RE: "install" as a noun?

Subject: RE: "install" as a noun?
From: "Brierley, Sean" <Sean -at- Quodata -dot- Com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 1 May 2001 13:00:25 -0400

As far as I can tell, the very good reason for adding "tion" is to identify
the word "installation" as a noun, not a verb.

Are we really going to truncate such common habits in the name of brevity? I
think clarity suffers for that. Consider the "ly" we add to make adjectives
what they are: are we "real" going to truncate . . .. Why add the "ate"? Use
"trunc," "Latin," or "Roman," for brevity,

Obviously, our opinions differ on this and we will not be reconciled, but I
cannot see a good reason, from a comprehension standpoint or otherwise, to
use install as a noun when a perfectly good noun already does the job. In
other words, I see no benefit to saving the typing.

Vive la difference!


sean -at- quodata -dot- com

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bruce Byfield [SMTP:bbyfield -at- progeny -dot- com]
> "Brierley, Sean" wrote:
> > >
> > Ok. I do this, using "lets you" instead of "allows you to," for example.
> > However, ummm, how is the word "installation" Latinate when "install" is
> > not?
> I was thinking of the common habit of adding "tion" to the end of a
> noun, especially when there is no good reason to do so. However,
> probably I should have said "Romanate" rather than "Latinate," since the
> habit is probably due as much to the influence of French as to Latin


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