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bug#14804: Gnus spelling fix: unexist -> nonexistent


From: Ted Zlatanov
Subject: bug#14804: Gnus spelling fix: unexist -> nonexistent
Date: Tue, 09 Jul 2013 09:42:30 -0400
User-agent: Gnus/5.130008 (Ma Gnus v0.8) Emacs/24.3.50 (gnu/linux)

On Mon, 08 Jul 2013 19:27:09 -0700 Paul Eggert <address@hidden> wrote: 

PE> On 07/08/2013 07:54 AM, Lars Magne Ingebrigtsen wrote:
>> Anyway, I just don't see much of an upside to changing the what symbols
>> are used in internal data structures.

PE> Emacs source code should avoid misspellings even in
PE> comments and in symbols used only internally.  This is
PE> because the misspellings can cause confusion among
PE> developers, who are the main audience for the code.

I disagree for internal symbols, and because IMHO this is not a
misspelling.  There is very specific meaning to "unexist" that I can't
think of a way to convey easily by any other simple verbs.

PE> I could mark "unexist" as a word that is allowed to be
PE> in Emacs source code and documentation -- but then that word
PE> is more likely to slip into places where it's not wanted.

I don't think that's a huge risk.

Ted





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