Re: Help: "Increment" as verb

Subject: Re: Help: "Increment" as verb
From: Richard Mateosian <srm -at- C2 -dot- ORG>
Date: Wed, 20 Dec 1995 15:04:23 -0800

>I'm editing one of our manuals and have come across "increment" used as a
>verb. According to my American Heritage Dictionary, it's not a verb.
>However, I'm having a hard time thinking of a replacement. Any
>suggestions? It would be used in a sentence like this: "The software
>package automatically increments the transaction ID number after each

This came up about a year ago. I've been using "increment" and "decrement"
as verbs ever since I learned to program the PDP-8 in 1966. I was astonished
to hear that most dictionaries don't consider those words to be verbs.

I'd leave the sentences as they are. ...RM

Richard Mateosian President, Berkeley STC
Freelance Technical Writer srm -at- c2 -dot- org Review Editor, IEEE Micro

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