RE: errored out, or erred out?

Subject: RE: errored out, or erred out?
From: Mailing List <mlist -at- ca -dot- rainbow -dot- com>
To: "'kcronin -at- daleen -dot- com'" <kcronin -at- daleen -dot- com>, TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2004 16:59:05 -0500

> -----Original Message-----
> From: kcronin -at- daleen -dot- com [mailto:kcronin -at- daleen -dot- com]
> To clarify: I need to pick one or the other. Several people
> have written
> me offlist with workarounds, but this term reflects how users of this
> particular technology speak, so I want to capture this
> specific phrase in
> writing.

Well, what I've seen suggests "errored out" and not "erred out".

The process has probably not erred. It has encountered somebody
else's error and crapped out, tossing an error message as it
shut down, yes? Most programmer types and database geeks would
say that it "errored out". That would contrast with, say, an
uninformative crash.

Editorial types would cringe at the grammatical vileness, but
the practical ones would probably accept it as "vernacular"
for the industry.


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