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Programme [Why does the meaning ...]

From:Gary Shannon <fiziwig@...>
Date:Wednesday, April 21, 2004, 18:14
--- Joe <joe@...> wrote:
> Gary Shannon wrote: > > >--- Michael Poxon <m.poxon@...> wrote: > > > ><snip> > > > > > > > >>I rather guess that this might be a > >>clue as to why you found > >>so many instances of "computer programme" - either > >>as an (incorrect) > >>reaction by some militant Brit to what he > perceived > >>as Americanisation of > >>the language, or possibly as simply a substring > >>within the phrase "computer > >>programmer". Try putting in the search string > >>"computer programme " - note > >>the space at the end. > >> > >> > > > >If this were the work of a single person, or a > hundred > >people, I might agree with tour "militant Brit" > >theory. However, the phrase is ubiquitous on the > >Internet, and the contexts clearly show that it is > not > >a substring of "progrmmer": > > > >"... pedagogical strategies in place and the > computer > >programme being developed ..." > >"... the author of a computer programme is the > natural > >or legal person ..." > >"... copyright in an original computer programme is > >protected ..." > >"... It defines "computer programme" as a set of > >instructions expressed in words codes ..." > >"... representations of a computer programme. Ideas > >and basic ..." > >"... My theory is that our entire universe is a > >computer programme, running on an alien species > >computer ..." > >"... any computer programme, data or information in > >that computer ..." > > > >Try the search yourself. If usage is the final > >authority then "computer programme" is correct. > > > > > > > > I disagree. I bet that none of those are by > programmers. I think > specialists get to define the terms in a given
field. Quite a few are legal firms dealing in intelectual property cases. But out of 63,000+ hits it seems pretty dangerous to assert that NONE of them are programmers. A large number are on software firm's webpages and in user manuals and documents related to commercial software products. Refining the search to look for "computer programme " on .edu sites only shows that at least 435 colleges, universities and engineering schools use that spelling. Searching on turns up at least a page of technical books with titles like: "Computer programmes for circle and strip loads on layered anistropic media by W. Jill Harrison" and "DEEBAR: a BASIC Interactive Computer Programme for Estimating Mean Resonance Spacings by M. Booth" Here is a dictionary entry of interest: Here's a citation from the Mirror newspaper: here's a cite from BBC: I rest my case. Usage makes it correct. --gary


Tim May <butsuri@...>
Michael Poxon <m.poxon@...>