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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • specious.

    It's almost always used to mean almost exactly the opposite of it's real meaning. I see it used most often for "poorly thought out", "unfounded" or "foolish", when in fact it means "plausable, but flawed" or "deceptively attractive".

    It's such a wonderful word that wraps up a whole paragraph of meaning in a single word. I expect that people will continue to use it wrongly until someday the dictionary writers give up and add one of those other meaning to the dictionary and it'll be all over, the word will mean something subtle and something obvious and nobody will know which one you are saying. After that day, we'll have to use second-best, in this context, words like socratic or pretentious, or write that paragraph to say what we mean. Bah!

    • My pet peeve is the corporate misuse of the word "grow" to mean "increase". Drives me crazy.
      • Yeah, people who say "grow the business" should be empowered to spend all their time at home away from real work.

        The mega-corp I work for started using the word "frontlog" (don't run for your dictionary, I don't believe it's in there) awhile back. Makes me want to vomit. It's like backlog, but you don't really have signed contracts for it yet. It's exactly the same a "prospective sales", but I guess that sounds too indefinite. Backlog is a really good thing to have and I guess frontlog is just a little