Got a Doubt ! Wanting for your Help ! Plz make it ASAP !

Antoon Pardon antoon.pardon at rece.vub.ac.be
Mon Nov 25 20:53:37 CET 2013


Op 23-11-13 03:18, Steven D'Aprano schreef:
> On Sat, 23 Nov 2013 01:55:44 +0000, Denis McMahon wrote:
> 
>> On Fri, 22 Nov 2013 18:22:29 +0530, Bharath Kummar wrote:
> 
>>> Could you PLEASE provide me with the codes (codes only for the asked
>>> queries) ?
>>
>> The codes are:
>>
>> 1) 7373a28109a7c4473a475b2137aa92d5
>> 2) f2fae9a4ad5ded75e4d8ac34b90d5c9c
>> 3) 935544894ca6ad7239e0df048b9ec3e5
>> 4) b1bc9942d029a4a67e4b368a1ff8d883
>>
>> Please contact your local government eavesdropping agency for assistance
>> on decoding the codes.
> 
> I'm not an expert on Indian English, but I understand that in that 
> dialect it is grammatically correct to say "the codes", just as in UK and 
> US English it is grammatically correct to say "the programs".
> 
> In other words, in UK/US English, "code" in the sense of programming code 
> is an uncountable noun, like "rice" or "air", while in Indian English it 
> is a countable noun like cats or programs. We have to say "give me two 
> samples of code", or perhaps "two code samples", while an Indian speaker 
> might say "give me two codes".
> 
> As this is an international forum, it behoves us all to make allowances 
> for slight difference in dialect.

I don't see how that follows. I would say on the contrary. This being
an international forum people should try to reframe from burdening
lots of other people with expressions most people will not understand
or even misunderstand.

-- 
Antoon Pardon



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