Subject: Re: CVS commit: src/dist/am-utils/fsinfo
To: Perry E. Metzger <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: John Nemeth <email@example.com>
Date: 04/08/2003 16:02:16
On Aug 29, 6:12am, "Perry E. Metzger" wrote:
} Richard Earnshaw <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
} > > The Merriam Webster Dictionary and the American Heritage Dictionary
} > > both disagree with you. I tend to believe them.
} > Fowler (Modern English Usage) prefers dropping the hyphen in this case.
} > In fact, he goes on to say that for technical words then the hyphen should
} > generally be dropped *if the reader can be expected to know the word
} > already*.
} This brings up an interesting question -- is filesystem better than
} file-system? I think so, but it isn't clear.
Or, "file system". These are two words that have been smashed
togther to make a new technical term. Is there a definitive reference
that is commonly accepted that has something to say on this? There is
one reference given above, but I don't know if it is commonly
accepted. Does anybody know somebody with a PhD in English that is
famailier with both American and British conventions?
}-- End of excerpt from "Perry E. Metzger"