I’m not very good at my job, writing computer code does not come naturally to me. While I have no issues with the procedural logic and mathematics of flow, I do get confused by byzantine architecture and disoriented by object. But my biggest problem is with names, I am rubbish at inventing pithy and appropriate things to call
And I am even worse at remembering the names I (or more usually someone-else) chose. So as I am trying to get
myDialogBox to connect to the net, I don’t remember if the way to do it is with
Run, Execute, Connect, getConnection, sendCommand or takeYourBestShotPunk.
Real coders don’t have these problems, but the bastards do make it hard for us more normal folks. How on earth am I meant to remember this..
And it took a while to parse this..
It was a true or false flag that told you whether someone was already logged in, so that’s one of those prepositional verbs ‘to log in’ that has been nouned ‘a login’ which is then verbed again to get this past participle (rather than un-nouning first as ‘logged in’)
In Words and Rules, Steven Pinker explained a similar but more commonly used Yankee chain that calls a miss-hit ball that flies out, a ‘flyball’, giving rise to the the verb to fly out (to hit a flyball) which is shortened to ‘to fly’ and has regularized past tense ‘flied out’ (not flew out). He uses this as example to labour some tedious point about dual-route rule based system to language processing being better than associationist network models but I can’t remember what the details. I forgot it not long after my language exam in true Calvin style.
In fact this whole post has be a roundabout way of posting the wonderful Calin and Hobbes ‘verbing weirds language’ strip.
and i don’t care that this is too wide and ruins the aesthetics of this page, the content it adds so vastly improves the page it graces that squashing other stuff to the side of the screen is a price well worth paying. I’d love to fill the page more of the adventures of my role model but no need, someone else has already assembled the
Try reading the raccoon’s tale without weeping.