Re: Looking for words

Subject: Re: Looking for words
From: Len Olszewski <saslpo -at- UNX -dot- SAS -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 6 May 1997 20:17:57 GMT

In article <8625648F:006BC57C -dot- 00 -at- gpsnotes8 -dot- gps -dot- com>, RJACOBSE -at- gps -dot- com writes:
|> I'm looking for alternatives to the words "parent" and "child" to describe
|> entities in a outline-like conceptual structure. One alternative for
|> "child" is "dependent," but I can't think of an easily aprehended analog
|> for "parent."
|> Is parent/child good enough, or are we overlooking some obvious
|> alternatives?

"Main" and "subordinate" seem to work here. You could try "primary" and
"subordinate", or if you need other levels, "primary", "secondary",
"tertiary", and so forth.

You might consider a containment metaphor, where the parent elements
would be "exterior", and the child elements "interior" with the notion
of "peer" elements at some given level of containment.

Hope this helps.
Len O. "I would rather be cynically accurate than
saslpo -at- unx -dot- sas -dot- com inoffensively euphemistic." - Me
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