English Like?

Richmond Mathewson richmondmathewson at gmail.com
Thu May 25 14:12:28 CEST 2017


If the "box" is just a rectangle then it is probably some sort of 
modeless window,

if the "box" is 'talking' to me then it's an ask/answer thing (which 
have always struck me as
labelled the wrong way round).

Personally I tend to go for "thingy", this is so polysemantic there is 
absolutely no need to worry about
whether it is being ambiguous or not; because it is.

The "unfortunate" 'fact' is that current computers do not function like 
people and
the other way round, and despite all the razzmatazz about fuzzy logic . 
. . .

While there may be computers that can fool people into thinking they are 
humans over a phoneline,
the "real" sex dolls the BBC have been burbling on about recently [ 
http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-39859939 ]
is unlikely to fool anyone: although, come to think of things, 
propositioning people tends to be fairly unambiguous.

Richmond.

On 5/25/17 2:55 pm, Roger Eller via use-livecode wrote:
> Were would you use "box" as a synonym (if it were one)?  Is it the same as
> "rectangle" or "ask/answer".  End users often tell me, "a box popped up on
> my screen.", not a prompt, or a message.  Next, they proceed to tell me
> what it said.  ME: "You're telling me, there was a _talking box_ on your
> screen?".
>
> ~Roger
>
> On May 24, 2017 5:49 PM, "Mark Wieder via use-livecode" <
> use-livecode at lists.runrev.com> wrote:
>
>> On 05/24/2017 05:43 AM, Mike Kerner via use-livecode wrote:
>>
>>> One of the other things that the xtalk languages have that makes them more
>>> appealing is synonyms
>>>
>> <cough>
>>
>> --
>>   Mark Wieder
>>   ahsoftware at gmail.com
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