Re:Friday-type questions

Subject: Re:Friday-type questions
From: greg -dot- hamill -at- teradyne -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2002 11:44:57 -0500



Stan said...

>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?


My dad's frustration was the use of advertising-type people adding -wise to
every possible word, as in information-wise, paper-wise, on-line help-wise,
publication-wise, and silly-wise.

The common phrase that causes me to cringe is "in a few minutes from now."

Greg


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