by Michael S. Kaplan, published on 2006/02/18 14:51 -08:00, original URI: http://blogs.msdn.com/michkap/archive/2006/02/18/534852.aspx
Warning: if the site censors this post I'll probably pull it down and repost after I find out how to avoid the censors, maybe with a bit of phishing! :-)
A small riff on Language Log's Geoffrey K. Pullum, and his post I didn't write shit today....
Mike Dolenga and I have joked in the past about how some days you feel like you wasted way too much time -- maybe in investigating a bug but going down the wrong path, or unintentionally checking in code that turned out to have a bug, or just approaching an algorithm the wrong way and needing to just start over, or whatever.
Where sometimes we'd almost want to go to Julie's office and slap a $20 or $50 or $100 bill on her desk (amount of money based on the seriousness of the time wasted by the mistake).
Just to symbolically apologize for wasting the time, or for checking that shit in....
Now simultaneously, the phrase has the same sort of slang meaning that the expression usually suggests, which is perhaps more of an I didn't [even] check in shit today[, let alone the quality code I was supposed to].
Or perhaps it is better stated as the difference between:
didn't check in shit today
didn't check shit in today
Of course it depends on intonation too, and I could provide audio examples as WAV or WMA files.
But I am not really going to start podcasting just to allow people to have a recording of me using swear words with different intonations.
Although both phrases could go either way, it is interesting to me how the meaning is different when you emphasize that one word.
Try it to yourself a few times, (if you are not writing code for a living, this specific test will not work with Geoffrey's formulation since he does not have the preposition in there, but I think the context is self explanatory).
Why does the meaning seem to change with the word order, if the words emphasized do not?
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