RE: When to use the word "curate?"

Subject: RE: When to use the word "curate?"
From: "McLauchlan, Kevin" <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>
To: "Cardimon, Craig" <ccardimon -at- M-S-G -dot- com>, 'Alec Chakenov' <alec -dot- chakenov -at- gmail -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 19 Dec 2012 15:06:14 -0500

Um......... didn't the bulk of our language come from Latin?
Much of it via French/Norman, mind you, but I've long thought
of English as the illegitimate cousin to the Romance languages.
The cousin with hybrid vigor, of course. :-)

Anyway, I speculate that "curate" will become another victim of the
language wars. It'll be spread way thinner than could possibly
be justified, and when its fabric is in tatters, it'll be discarded,
as being of no more use to anyone, including those who formerly
used it properly.

"The problem with defending the purity of the English language is that English is about as pure as a cribhouse whore. We don't just borrow words; on occasion, English has pursued other languages down alleyways to beat them unconscious and rifle their pockets for new vocabulary." -J. Nicoll

This all reminds me of someone's question in another thread
whether Canada had some official body similar to the Académie Française
to lay down the law about French usage. No, Canada doesn't.
But Québec, a province (that's a thing roughly equivalent to a State) within
Canada, does have the Office de la langue Française which has some
of that function. So, if you are translating documentation, to sell product
into French Canada, that's the crowd you're looking to please.
Good luck getting the new meanings of "curate" paste them. :-)


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> Behalf Of Cardimon, Craig
> Sent: December-19-12 1:29 PM
> To: 'Alec Chakenov'
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> Subject: RE: When to use the word "curate?"
>
> Probably not documentation. Doesn't seem like it would apply very
> well.
>
> From: Alec Chakenov [mailto:alec -dot- chakenov -at- gmail -dot- com]
> Sent: Wednesday, December 19, 2012 1:27 PM
> To: Cardimon, Craig
> Cc: Mike McCallister; techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> Subject: Re: When to use the word "curate?"
>
> Do you think we should ever use this word in documentation? It
> sounds like it has come from Latin, and therefore, will be less
> understandable.
> 2012/12/20 Cardimon, Craig <ccardimon -at- m-s-
> g.com<mailto:ccardimon -at- m-s-g -dot- com>>
> That's why I asked. Now I'm seeing that word everywhere.
>
> From: Mike McCallister
> [mailto:workingwriter -at- gmail -dot- com<mailto:workingwriter -at- gmail -dot- com
> >]
> Sent: Wednesday, December 19, 2012 11:55 AM
> To: Cardimon, Craig
> Cc: Ryan Pollack; Tammy Van Boening; techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-
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> Subject: Re: When to use the word "curate?"
>
> Yeah, "curated news" is a new buzzword for sites like Paper.li,
> Scoop.it and Storify. It's what you're doing on Tech Writer This Week
> too, so congratulations on your new "curator" title. 8-)
> Mike
>
>
> Mike McCallister
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>
>
> On Wed, Dec 19, 2012 at 10:41 AM, Cardimon, Craig <ccardimon -at- m-s-
> g.com<mailto:ccardimon -at- m-s-g -dot- com><mailto:ccardimon -at- m-s-
> g.com<mailto:ccardimon -at- m-s-g -dot- com>>> wrote:
> That's what I'm seeing, too.
>
> From: Ryan Pollack
> [mailto:ryan -at- clicksecurity -dot- com<mailto:ryan -at- clicksecurity -dot- com><mail
> to:ryan -at- clicksecurity -dot- com<mailto:ryan -at- clicksecurity -dot- com>>]
> Sent: Wednesday, December 19, 2012 11:03 AM
> To: Tammy Van Boening
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> Subject: Re: When to use the word "curate?"
>
> I've been seeing "curate" increasingly used as a verb in the sense of
> "to pick items of high quality and/or interest".
>
> Examples:
> * http://lifehacker.com/5690910/bitly-bundles-creates-
> combinations-of-links-that-you-curate/gallery/1
> * http://fueled.com/craft-coffee-curate-your-morning-ritual/
> * http://www.blogbloke.com/content-curation-right-wrong-way/
>
> On Wed, Dec 19, 2012 at 9:33 AM, Tammy Van Boening
> <tammyvb -at- spectrumwritingllc -dot- com<mailto:tammyvb -at- spectrumwrit
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> > wrote:
> "Curate" is a very specific term that is used in my specialty of writing
> to
> scientific software. In the science world, it means to research and
> integrate diverse forms of data, including that from scientific
> collections,
> and specific jobs are advertised as Scientific Data Curator Jobs.
>
> TVB
>
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> Subject: When to use the word "curate?"
> Morning, Whirlers,
>
> As I browsed a few newsy sites this morning, I saw the word "curate"
> being
> used where I used to see "written," "compiled," "developed," or
> even
> "created."
>
> I put it to you all. When should we use "curate," and when should we
> not?
>
> Cordially,
> Craig Cardimon
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Follow-Ups:

References:
When to use the word "curate?": From: Cardimon, Craig
RE: When to use the word "curate?": From: Tammy Van Boening
Re: When to use the word "curate?": From: Ryan Pollack
RE: When to use the word "curate?": From: Cardimon, Craig
Re: When to use the word "curate?": From: Mike McCallister
RE: When to use the word "curate?": From: Cardimon, Craig
Re: When to use the word "curate?": From: Alec Chakenov
RE: When to use the word "curate?": From: Cardimon, Craig

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