Re: Today's exercise in misunderstanding English

Subject: Re: Today's exercise in misunderstanding English
From: "Gene Kim-Eng" <techwr -at- genek -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 24 Apr 2009 09:27:00 -0700

I would also argue that, like it or not, "updation" *is* an example of a
new word crashing the gate. And I'm having a tough time making a case
against it when we already have words like "ideation" and
"visualisation" (both words which I, btw, dislike and usually edit out
anytime I encounter them in document drafts) in the dictionary. We can
probably make an entire Friday exercise out of listing words ending in
"ation" that duplicate other words that are already perfectly usable
without the suffix.

Gene Kim-Eng



----- Original Message -----
From: "Handy, David" <dhandy -at- Informatica -dot- com>
That definition on Wiktionary got me thinking:

English is a lingua franca the world over. It naturally gets used in
different ways in different countries. I should be more chilled about
that.

I didn't mean to offend anybody, and afterwards I realized I might have
done just that, so I offer my apologies. I wouldn't have written as I
did were it not Friday.

That said, I would judge critically any word use that diminishes the
power of grammar. And maybe that means I don't want to simplify the
rules - as that in turn may limit our abilities to say exactly what we
want to say. If new words or new constructions break the rules in a good
way - if they set up new rules that add to articulacy - then great. But
I don't think updation does that.


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References:
Re: Today's exercise in misunderstanding English: From: Christopher Bolster
Re: Today's exercise in misunderstanding English: From: Gene Kim-Eng
RE: Today's exercise in misunderstanding English: From: Handy, David
RE: Today's exercise in misunderstanding English: From: Handy, David

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