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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • Defendable [dictionary.com] and undefendable [dictionary.com] are perfectly good words.

    So is extendable [dictionary.com], but extensible [dictionary.com] does have a meaning reserved for Computer Science and programming languages which extendable lacks. I don't know the context of your criticism of the use of extendable. It may have been inappropriate in the case to which you refer.

    • Shit dictionaries, that's what.

      Gotta remember, most all dictionaries any more are usage-recording; that is, they are descriptive rather than prescriptive. They don't even pretend to tell you what's right, their only aim any more is to help you know the meaning of something you just heard or read. Even the worst of grammar ["for her and I"] can find its way into the dictionary. Does that make it right? I think not.
      • Well, I guess you've explained your position.

        Look, I agree that codifying usage can lead to problems of imprecision and ambiguity. I hate the way that the word specious is so commonly misused that it will probably soon lose its meaning.

        However, in this case, I see no reason to deprecate these words. Nobody is confused about the meaning when they are used and they follow regular rules of construction.

        Remember, TIMTOWTDI is a principle from natural language. So, some people say defensible, some say de

        • Just between you and I, it don't matter much, in-the-long-run, what we in the English speaking world does to are language or, how quick those change's get elevated to the status of "correct usage", as long as, its adaquate to successfully communicate. And, if I would of known that people were gonna, like, totally resent me coming across as an highbrow snob, well, I would of never of spoken up in the first place. Cause thats something the world needs less of. Less language snobs and more honest, hard worki
          • Wow! I guess you put me in my place with your witty Parade of Horribles showing just what would happen if we lose our tight grasp on correct usage.

            I've seen the light!

            Now, I'm frightened by the prospect that I might inadvertently use some low-grade word like "defendable" or *shudder* "extendable" and not realize that these are only used by lazy thinkers without finer appreciation for The English Language.

            Please, tell me, where can I learn which words are improper and which are approved? Obviously, the