New tag proposals from iterating.org (1/2)
Justin B Rye
jbr at edlug.org.uk
Sun Nov 19 17:16:46 CET 2006
Enrico Zini wrote:
> On Sat, Nov 18, 2006 at 01:09:34PM +0000, Justin B Rye wrote:
> > Does "communication" sound better when you consider the alternative of
> > "telecommunications"?
> Eh. Telecommunications would be the perfect word. t16n?
1) a quick survey (yes, that wasn't a night out, that was fieldwork)
says it's associated mainly with Telecom (=phone) companies,
secondarily with telecommunications satellites (=radio), and
hardly at all with e-mail etc;
2) it excludes local communications via "talk" and "wall";
3) and of course it's sesquipedalian.
Another option is "messages::". But that fails for realtime modes
such as VoIP or IRC.
My "comms::" is a Britishism, and even here it's strongly associated
with military slang.
If we want this facet I think we're stuck with communications::.
Ankh kak! (Ancient Egyptian blessing)
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