Re: Inc/decrement, vt.

Subject: Re: Inc/decrement, vt.
From: Laura Johnson <lauraj -at- CND -dot- HP -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 21 Sep 1994 14:12:42 GMT

Richard Mateosian (srm -at- c2 -dot- org) wrote:
: > "increments" and "decrements" were used as VERBS!

: I have been using these verbs for about 30 years, and I was astonished to
: discover today that they ain't in the dictionary.

: May I have a show of hands on this one? Did you know that these verbs aren't
: verbs? Do only programmers increment registers?

Programmers definitely increment registers and variables. I've been
using these "verbs" at least since I started programming, and have a
negative aesthetic reaction to the obvious alternative ("add one to i").
My dictionary doesn't support me on this, though.

Laura Johnson * lauraj -at- fc -dot- hp -dot- com * Hewlett Packard NSMD * Ft. Collins, CO

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are Spam-sucking trailer trash who'll buy whatever's shoved on the stand at
the local store, and it embarrasses them when they take an interest."
- Terry Pratchett

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