Language quibble (was : [Techtalk] Re: Linux Paper)
listpig at earthlink.net
Thu Oct 2 16:19:40 EST 2003
Depends on what is meant. Possibly none are the "verb of choice" in
sited: iffy---kind of means "placed" ("put on site"), but it's one of those
backformations that will probably win a dictionary place,
unfortunately---it's kind of equivalent to using "I chaired him" for "I
seated him in a chair," i.e., arbitrarily converting a noun to a verb just
by moving it in the sentence. The traditional verb for "to be or place on a
site" is "situated."
sighted: "saw, spotted". "The bug was sighted", however, does bring to mind
more a five foot praying mantis on the expressway rather than a program
bug--program bugs are usually "found" or "spotted" rather than "sighted".
cited: "quoted". "Clyde's report of new bugs was cited on Ed's page." If
the example didn't involve quotations, it's still not the correct word. The
use of cite in the context of getting a traffic ticket ("The officer cited
the driver") carries the implication that what he's citing is actually the
part of the legal code violated.
I suppose one *could* say "We sighted the citing of the bugs on the (web)
site" in the right context......
--pig, part time language curmudgeon
On 10/2/03 10:36 AM, agoats at compuserve.com shared this thought:
>>> Any bugs or holes in the program are usually sited shortly after it is
>> I think you mean sighted (as in seen or spotted) rather than sited (placed on
> Technically, "CITED" would be the correct spelling of the word.
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