Friday-type questions

Subject: Friday-type questions
From: Stan Schwartz <stanz -at- cam -dot- org>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 22 Mar 2002 11:13:35 -0500

Dear ones,

I take dispute with use of the prefix 'pre' as in 'pre-recorded in front of a live (what else) audience' or 'comes pre-loaded...' on your hard drive.

Well, how is this possible? How can you do something before it is done? Is this redundancy or is there some other implied meaning. Wouldn't that make an electronic transcription (a copy) a pre-pre-recording? Where/when will this end? How are 'This is recorded', and 'This is pre-recorded' different.

Do you use 'pre' for special cases or is this an aberration of the language/usage?

A colleague uses, 'Where are you at?" instead of "Where are you" when the degree of precision wanted is greater. He explains that the 'at' will prompt a more precise statement of location.

A recent (Adobe Photoshop v6.0, If I recall) user manual invited me to 'check out' some facet of the program. This was unexpected. Do others among you use 'check out' to mean refer to? Is this now acceptable form in print?

Nothing urgent. I was wondering if others share these observations and have thoughts about them to share. Thanx,

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