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Subject:Re: Using OR as a verb From:Jim Ramsay <JRamsay -at- RADIANCEGROUP -dot- COM> Date:Fri, 24 Apr 1998 10:02:17 -0600
"Cold-blooded murder of the English tongue!" -Henry Higgins
Personally, I prefer "rowing" to "ORing." -Conan (the Grammarian)
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Dave Neufeld [mailto:Dave_Neufeld -at- SPECTRUMSIGNAL -dot- COM]
> Sent: Thursday, April 23, 1998 10:48 AM
> Subject: Using OR as a verb
> How do you describe the of logically operators (such as OR and AND) in
> documentation where the tendency is to use them as verbs.
> "Joe Audience"
> is a specialized electrical or computer engineer working with
> DSP code.
> For example:
> <begin example>
> To enable channel 0 DMA transfers using the DMA done interrupt, the
> pDmaModeFlags variable is built by a logical OR of the
> defined flags as
> shown in the following piece of C/C++ source code.
> DmaModeFlags = (PLX9060_DMA0MODE_LBURST_EN
> | PLX9060_DMA0MODE_BTERM_EN
> | PLX9060_DMA0MODE_RDY_EN
> | PLX9060_DMA0MODE_LBUSWIDTH32
> | PLX9060_DMA0MODE_DONE_INT_EN );
> <end example>
> The audience seems quite familiar with using terms such as "ORing",
> "ORed", and so on; but I haven't seen anything definitive on
> usage. I've
> also come across this usage in hardware in terms of "wire OR'd"
> connections. My H/W and S/W development background allow me to
> understand these terms, but I just haven't seen them in
> print. Is there
> a way to use these as a verb? If so, then how? (OR'd, or ORed?)
> David Neufeld
> Technical Publications
> dave_neufeld -at- spectrumsignal -dot- com
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