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Subject:RE: is "technologies" a word? From:"Downing, David" <DavidDowning -at- Users -dot- com> To:"TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com> Date:Tue, 4 Oct 2005 12:28:25 -0400
Okay, I should have focused on the use of knowledge, rather than the
acquiring of knowledge, but I still feel that the distinction I was
making is significant for determining whether "technologies" is a valid
word. If the definition involves the use of knowledge IN GENERAL, the
plural form isn't a real word, but if the definition involves the use of
knowledge IN A SPECIFIC FIELD, the plural is valid.
From: Fred Ridder [mailto:docudoc -at- hotmail -dot- com]
Sent: Thursday, September 29, 2005 2:02 PM
Subject: RE: is "technologies" a word?
Both of the definitions you give seem pretty non-standard to me
with their focus on acquiring knowledge. There are a lot of
definitions in different disciplines, but the majority of them focus
on the *use* of knowledge to produce practical results of some
type. One of the better definitions I've seen says something like
"the application of organized knowledge--including any tool,
technique, product, process, method, organization or system--
to practical tasks."
My opinions only; I don't speak for Intel
>From: "Downing, David" <DavidDowning -at- Users -dot- com>
>Subject: RE: is "technologies" a word?
>Date: Thu, 29 Sep 2005 10:05:28 -0400
>Well, it depends on how you define the singular "technology." If you
>feel that it should refer solely to the GENERAL concept of acquiring
>technical knowledge and using it make technical advances, then the
>plural "technologies" would be unacceptable usage. If, however, you
>define the singular "technology" as acquiring technical knowledge IN A
>SPECIFIC FIELD and using it to make technical advances IN THAT FIELD,
>then the plural makes sense.
>These days, I think it is fairly common to talk about technology with
>respect to a specific field -- i.e., "medical technology."
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