Subject: Re: Singlular of "mouses" Was: Re: Negative ordinality
|From:||Caleb Hines <cph9fa@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, December 18, 2003, 6:04|
My favorite computer-related plural is UNIX -> UNIcies! (Just like index ->
indicies). I've never heard "Unixen" AFAIK.
And I'll admit I've never heard "boxen", but then I'm to young to have ever
worked with VAXen.
Regarding ordinals, I tend to make things even more confusing by using
_both_ 'first' and 'zeroeth' to refer to a. I _think_ it depends on
context. If I use the term 'array' I'm talking about the computer's
representation of the data, and will use 'zeroeth', but if I'm talking
about it like a 'list' of physical items, I may use the term 'first'. In
fact, I might even get sloppy and say something really confusing like:
"The first integer in the list is the zeroeth element of the array."
without so much as flinching.
Another (related) use of "zeroeth" which I haven't heard mentioned yet is
in summations. Usually you take a sum with i=1 to n, but often it is
convenient to start at 0, in which case you have to start adding at the
"zeroeth term." In a few rare cases, I've even seen summations that begin
at -1, with the obvious result of starting with the "minus oneth" term.
> Garth Wallace wrote at 2003-12-17 15:53:48 (-0800)
> > Peter Bleackley wrote:
> > >
> > > By analogy with "oxen". Particularly applies to VAX machines, or
> > > VAXen.
> > Also "unixen", meaning multiple varieties of UNIX. From the Jargon
> > File's entry on overgeneralization in geekspeak
> > <http://catb.org/~esr/jargon/html/overgeneralization.html>:
> [snip Jargon]
> But as that passage points out, "unixen" is rare; the normal form is