Re: OT: Program[me] (Was Re: Conlang FAQ was Re: Grammatical tones)
|From:||Tim May <butsuri@...>|
|Date:||Saturday, August 24, 2002, 22:39|
Thomas R. Wier writes:
> Quoting Tim May <butsuri@...>:
> > bnathyuw writes:
> > > what programme do you edit in ? good old notepad ( or
> > > equiv ) or something flashier ? i tend to use
> > > dreamweaver for speed and then clear up the glitches
> > > in html afterwards
> > >
> > This is not particularly relevant to anything, but do you normally use
> > the spelling "programme" to refer to software? I was taught (in
> > primary school) "program" for that, and "programme" for broadcasts,
> > itineraries and all other uses.
> Isn't the spelling <program> originally entirely foreign to
> Britain in the first place? I had been under the impression
> that it was an import from America, and that its use as a
> technical term in technology came about because the technology
> in question was imported from the United States.
This is certainly my understanding of the situation - nevertheless,
the distinction has been conventionalized (although the New Oxford
appears to consider "programme" the basic spelling, with "program" a
variant form acceptable only in that sense).
> BTW: since we're going to be nitpicking ( 8P ), when posting
> off-topic posts, use of the tag "CHAT:" is suggested since
> subscribers not interested in off-topic posts can have those
> filtered out. "OT:" is, unfortunately, not a tag the listserv
> recognizes. (Of the other tags, "Grouplang", "NGL", "Theory"
> and "Usage", the first two are essentially obsolete, while the
> latter two are used quite often.)
Oh? Very well then, I shall use CHAT: from now on.