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SubjectRe: [PATCH] spelling fixes: arch/m68knommu/


On Sat, 12 May 2007, Simon Arlott wrote:

> On 12/05/07 02:03, Finn Thain wrote:
> >
> > On Fri, 11 May 2007, Simon Arlott wrote:
> >
> > > - * Local routines to interrcept the standard I/O and vector handling
> > > - * code. Don't include this 'till now - initialization code above needs
> > > + * Local routines to intercept the standard I/O and vector handling
> > > + * code. Don't include this until now - initialization code above needs
> > > * access to the real code too.
> >
> > What's wrong with 'til?
> >
>
> Nothing, but is there anything wrong with correcting 'till to until?

Correcting? Well, you might correct the grammar, e.g. "This wasn't
included until now because..." Non-native English speakers will read this
comment and that's a good argument for good grammar, but I don't care too
much for fixing this myself.

It is hard for me to understand other people's terse comments, which would
make it hard for me to rewrite them in correct English. Sometimes I first
have to figure out the idiom being used. But it is even harder to
understand them after nuances are removed.

To answer your question, I find it easier to parse the original idiom,
"'til now". Your corruption, "until now", loses information available to
anyone who can recognise the idiom. Granted, this is not the worst example
of that effect...

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