Re: Display, Displays, or Appears

Subject: Re: Display, Displays, or Appears
From: Janice Gelb <Janice -dot- Gelb -at- Sun -dot- COM>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Fri, 13 Jun 2008 10:32:19 +1000

Downing, David wrote:
> At my work, we generally use "displays," or "Is displayed," although I'm
> not it's officially codified in our style manual. The feeling around
> here seems to be that "appears" creates a sense of some sort of magical,
> supernatural occurrence.

We allow either one. However, I personally have never
understood this whole "magic" thing related to the
word "appears." The appearance is the direct result of
an action taken by the reader so why do people feel it
has the connotation of magic? You do x, and y appears.
No incantation or wands needed.

-- Janice

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