Re: Is "untar" an acceptable verb?

Subject: Re: Is "untar" an acceptable verb?
From: Lauren <lauren -at- writeco -dot- net>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Tue, 13 Mar 2012 15:15:53 -0700

On 3/13/2012 2:56 PM, Lee Fisher wrote:

> [...] the only issue I can see with using "untar" [...]

Untar makes perfect sense to me.

However, where do you draw the line about which tools to use as a verb? It sounds like tar and zip are on the short list. But what about: gz, tgz, bzip2, rar, 7z, XZ, lzma, as well as platform-centric cousins like: cab, jar, apk, xpi, etc? They come and go over the years.

The decompression of compressed files and extraction of archives is usually called, "uncompress," for various platforms.

* Tarballs are untarred.
* Zip files are unzipped.
* Compressed archives are extracted.

Search the interwebz for "uncompress file" to see various documentation examples for various platforms and systems.

Create and publish documentation through multiple channels with Doc-To-Help. Choose your authoring formats and get any output you may need.

Try Doc-To-Help, now with MS SharePoint integration, free for 30-days.


You are currently subscribed to TECHWR-L as archive -at- web -dot- techwr-l -dot- com -dot-
To unsubscribe send a blank email to
techwr-l-leave -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com

Send administrative questions to admin -at- techwr-l -dot- com -dot- Visit for more resources and info.

Looking for articles on Technical Communications? Head over to our online magazine at

Looking for the archived Techwr-l email discussions? Search our public email archives @

Is "untar" an acceptable verb?: From: Jeff Scattini
Re: Is "untar" an acceptable verb?: From: Peter Neilson
RE: Is "untar" an acceptable verb?: From: Porrello, Leonard
Re: Is "untar" an acceptable verb?: From: Sarah Lee Hauslinger
Re: Is "untar" an acceptable verb?: From: Lee Fisher

Previous by Author: Re: Word Field
Next by Author: Re: New query: Scripting languages to support software testing
Previous by Thread: RE: Is "untar" an acceptable verb?
Next by Thread: RE: Is "untar" an acceptable verb?

What this post helpful? Share it with friends and colleagues:

Sponsored Ads