On Tue, 21 Jul 2009 00:42:02 +0200
Christian Faulhammer <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Ciaran McCreesh <ciaran.mccreesh@...>:
> > On Thu, 9 Jul 2009 12:42:11 +0200
> > Christian Faulhammer <email@example.com> wrote:
> > > Ulrich Mueller <firstname.lastname@example.org>:
> > > > >>>>> On Tue, 30 Jun 2009, Christian Faulhammer wrote:
> > > >
> > > > > "ill defined" sounds not nice(TM) to me, so I still vote for a
> > > > > different wording, not for the intention. "volatile" seemed
> > > > > suitable to me but I may be convinced to a different vocabulary.
> > > >
> > > > How about "indeterminate"? Or pick another synonym from this list:
> > > > <http://thesaurus.reference.com/browse/ill-defined>
> > >
> > > I went with indeterminate.
> > I've reverted this. Your change was grammatically incorrect and wasn't
> > what had been discussed on this list, and you've still not explained
> > why 'ill-defined' is in any way hostile.
> This seems to be a cultural misunderstanding. In my ears (and ulm's
> initially, we have the same mother tongue) "ill-defined" sounds hostile,
> though it seems, that this is not true for native speakers of English.
In English, "ill-defined" is not at all hostile. I'd say it was the
opposite of "well defined", but "well defined" is a mathematical term
and is specialized.
> Christian Faulhammer, Gentoo Lisp project
> <URL:http://www.gentoo.org/proj/en/lisp/>, #gentoo-lisp on FreeNode
Ferris McCormick (P44646, MI) <email@example.com>
Developer, Gentoo Linux (Sparc, Userrel, Trustees)