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Computer Terms: Vocabulary Made Technical

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Abstract:

Within every technician is an inventor of words. All sciences and technologies use private vocabularies and notation systems devised specifically to foster communication. These vocabularies are often organized in a way that new terms can be assimilated according to a plan. Organized in this way, technical vocabularies are contrivances built by professionals for their own use. The technical vocabulary of computing is no different. Many of its terms, the kind that reach user manuals, are drawn from other disciplines and from common language itself, terms which nonetheless are charged with a local and sometimes radically different meaning.

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Publication date: 1995-05-01

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