Re: Inventing New Words (prepend)

Subject: Re: Inventing New Words (prepend)
From: Charles Cantrell <chc -at- ONTARIO -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 7 May 1996 09:16:30 -0500

I was surprised to find the reaction against the word "prepend."

As a programmer years ago, I was exposed to this word. Although I never
looked it up, I understood it perfectly from the context, and thought it a
succinct expression of meaning.

After the mail on the list, I checked a couple of dictionaries to see if it
was listed. I find that it is a "real" word, listed in Webster's 3rd New
International Dictionary, published in 1981.

The only question left, then, is "is it appropriate to the audience?" I am
not sure that can be determined out of context.

Charles Cantrell
Manager, Documenation Services
1150 W. Kilgore Avenue
Muncie, IN 47305-1588
(317) 751-7000
chc -at- ontario -dot- com

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