The Great Term Robbery
Holmes, WN (2001) The Great Term Robbery. Computer, 34 (5). pp. 94-96. ISSN 0018-9162
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This essay reviews the bad treatment the computing industry and profession give to ordinary English, their mauling of grammar, and their distortion of vocabulry. Attention is drawn to the old standard vocabulary put together by the profession and largely ignored by the profession at present, in particular by confusing the terms "data" and "information", terms that were used in the standard to allow a contrast to be made between people and machines, a contrast that is ethically and morally very significant.
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|Keywords:||data, information, standard vocabulary, grammar, sort, sequence ethics, professionalism|
|Deposited By:||Mr Neville Holmes|
|Deposited On:||20 Sep 2007|
|Last Modified:||18 Jul 2008 20:10|
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