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Do You Need To Consistent In Your Use Of Words In This Field?

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Posted 29 July 2007 - 06:16 PM

Seems like PC, machine, and computer are interchangeable both for IT techs and end-users. Is it better to pick one word, and be consistent with it or is it ok to jump from one word to another?

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Posted 29 July 2007 - 06:27 PM

Hi gooky.

As long as everyone knows what you are talking about. The three words you mentioned are pretty much interchangeable among users. It is a different story when you get to specific components as any arbitrary variation there would cause unnecessary confusion. IMO.


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Posted 29 July 2007 - 09:13 PM

Unfortunately too many people have used terms incorrectly and those terms have become synonymous with others, the term cursor and pointer are a good case in point. I have always tried to be specific in my terminology so that there would not be any confusion as to what was being discussed. If you have any doubt as to the meaning of a computer related term you can always look it up at Webopedia.

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Posted 30 July 2007 - 07:58 AM

When talking to your peers, a careful distinction is required. For example, PC is commonly used only for home computers running a version of MS Windows;again, there is a major difference between how a programme functions and how an application functions.
But in common, or casual discourse, it is perfectly acceptable to use terms in general senses as long as the context clearly indicates your meaning. If someone calls me and says "My CPU has a virus," I know what he means, and I would not, for example, tell him, "No, your computer software has a trojan......"
It is always the intended audience that should guide you in your use of terminology.

Edited by jgweed, 30 July 2007 - 07:59 AM.

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