Gentoo Archives: gentoo-pms

From: Ferris McCormick <fmccor@g.o>
To: gentoo-pms@l.g.o
Subject: Re: [gentoo-pms] Minor corrections
Date: Mon, 20 Jul 2009 23:21:35
Message-Id: 20090720232121.5a487a3b@anaconda.krait.us
In Reply to: Re: [gentoo-pms] Minor corrections by Christian Faulhammer
On Tue, 21 Jul 2009 00:42:02 +0200
Christian Faulhammer <fauli@g.o> wrote:

> Hi, > > Ciaran McCreesh <ciaran.mccreesh@××××××××××.com>: > > > On Thu, 9 Jul 2009 12:42:11 +0200 > > Christian Faulhammer <fauli@g.o> wrote: > > > Ulrich Mueller <ulm@g.o>: > > > > >>>>> 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. > > V-Li > >
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 > > <URL:http://gentoo.faulhammer.org/>
Regards, Ferris -- Ferris McCormick (P44646, MI) <fmccor@g.o> Developer, Gentoo Linux (Sparc, Userrel, Trustees)

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