[Skiboot] [PATCH 1/2] phb3: Refactor to move capi enable to it's own function
fbarrat at linux.vnet.ibm.com
Thu May 26 23:00:59 AEST 2016
You've just earned a spot on my list of who to bug for English grammar
Le 25/05/2016 18:50, Ian Munsie a écrit :
> Excerpts from andrew.donnellan's message of 2016-05-25 17:46:50 +1000:
>> Looks good to me
> Thanks for the review :)
>> (apart from the two extraneous apostrophes in the title and commit
>> message ;)
> Personally I disagree with the notion that in modern usage "it's" can
> only ever mean "it is" or "it has", and I will continue to use an
> apostrophe when "it" owns something because it feels natural to me*. I
> tried to compare it to the other personal pronouns, and all I wound up
> with was a table full of exceptions.
> Historically, "it's" was the correct usage for the possessive case
> between the 17th and 19th centuries, so it should be no wonder that so
> many people use it "incorrectly" by some modern attempt to define the
> One thing to remember to any grammar nazis out there (myself
> included**), is that English as it is formalised and taught*** is
> attempting to quantify something that is fluid and that has been and
> will continue to change over time and is used differently in different
> places and by different people (color / colour, appetizer / entrée,
> etc). In other words, any definition will be never be 100% correct and
> perhaps we should stop worrying so much.
> English is not a programming language. It is not well defined, is not
> standardised and is full of exceptions and undefined behaviour. But as
> long as we understand each other it has served it's purpose (see what I
> did there?).
> Also consider that a language like English is full of redundancy, which
> is there so that a recipient can still understand a message, even if the
> message contained a spelilng erorr, localization mismatch, a historical
> usage of a possessive apostrophe in it's conveyance, or eevn if erevy
> wrod of fuor or mroe ltetres had all but the frsit and lsat letrets
> coemepltly rreaarnegd. If you managed to read that paragraph, you just
> proved that language works.
> On the other hand, overly abbreviated text messages and over use of
> acronyms actively remove this redundancy, and often fail to serve the
> language's primary purpose if they are not understood by the recipients.
> Do work to stamp those out.
> * Except for when I forget without realising, make an ironic typo, when
> the sentence otherwise looks more natural to omit the apostrophe, or
> when my language has evolved to do otherwise ;-)
> ** My pet peeve is correct title capitalisation. See my junk code on
> github for music/correctcase.py and the over-simplified check-title.py.
> *** Does anyone else think it a little ironic that Shakespeare is still
> taught in English classes in school as anything other than an example of
> what modern English is not?
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