Re: Verb Usage

Subject: Re: Verb Usage
From: Linda Sherman <linsherm -at- GTE -dot- NET>
Date: Wed, 9 Dec 1998 19:57:20 -0500

John David Hickey wrote:
> Greetings!
> I'm updating a programming guide and I'm having a hard time over a verb that
> keeps turning up. Maybe I can get a second opinion...
> The GET command returns the value of the variable as a string.
> What this command does is it goes to another part of the program, retrieves
> the value, and uses it in the current function. I replaced "returns" with
> "retrieves", but the reviewer didn't like it.
> I'd rather use "retrieves" because it shows how the program goes to a
> destination and returns with information. I don't like "returns" because
> only indicates the journey back.

While I can see your point, "return" is pretty much standard usage and
has been for a long time. I think you'll encounter a lot of resistance
from programmers if you try to introduce something else at this stage of
the game.

Linda K. Sherman <linsherm -at- gte -dot- net>
Freelance Writer: Technical - Business - Government

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