The Observation Of The Day – Supposably

You're killin' me. I've made it my hobby to collect the many and varied misuse of words in the hope of writing something humorous about the murder of the English language. The trouble is that while I have way more example than I need, I always get angry when I start to write about them.

So maybe if I take it one at a time, and choose an example that is not one of my pet peeves (making two words out of what should be one, still simple, word)?

This is from a description for a free program called AllMyNotes Organizer under the heading: Limitations and listed as one of the features that are not available. It's the very first one so presumably the most important.

· Read-Only mode for selected Notes to protect sensible data from unwanted modification.

To restate, there's not a read-only mode to protect -sensible- data from unwanted modification!?

Whew! Then sensible data can be rendered to read like the rest of your note!

The word the writer might possibly have been seeking is "sensitive," but nowadays, I wouldn't dream of trying to impute meaning. In the "modern English" vernacular of so many Web writers. He may very well have felt that protecting sensible data was more important than protecting sensitive data.

Although considering that most people don't even know what "sensible" is anymore, the limitation might just be insignificant anyway.

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About tedwest

A longtime veteran of comedy and political forums, I decided that I needed a more restful venue because... well... I finally hate everybody. Except my wife that is... and my ex-wife.. and... no, that's about it. I lead about as simple a life as one can, preferring activities that include anything that doesn't involve going out and seeing YOU! And I particularly enjoy what I call "Get the Bitch" movies on Lifetime. You know the ones where the intended victim finally does something so incredibly stupid that she forfeits her right to live, and from that moment on you're rooting for the stalker. Of course, it rarely works out the way you want, but when it does, the feeling you get is... well, there's nothing else like it, other than, maybe, eating chocolate chip cookies. Oh, and I'm proudly anti-wildlife, both foreign and domestic, and anti-environment - especially foreign environments. I think Howard Stern put it best when he said, "If fifty percent of the population died tomorrow, I can live with that." And I feel the same about the other fifty percent, so together, we've pretty much got it all covered.
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2 Responses to The Observation Of The Day – Supposably

  1. Sensitive is when men cry and Sensible is wearing orthopedic shoes.

  2. LOL – percise use of the english language!

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