by Michael S. Kaplan, published on 2006/07/26 11:11 -04:00, original URI: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/michkap/archive/2006/07/26/679063.aspx
When I read Geoffrey K. Pullum's PowerGenItalia and PenisLand, I was once again struck by how funny it is that some people can take the KeysEx enumeration and read the name differently.
I have gotten the same grief for other class extensions that use the Ex suffix, like ControlsEx (which was actually a filename for a file that contained the extended definition of several controls). The fact that all of the file names were lowercased probably did not help.
Now I can understand the situations that URLs can get into (where case insensitivity requires the equivalence with unintended terms), and I can forgive those who stumble on a filename that has been munged and get thed wrong idea.
But obviously there was no munging of KeysEx, so this is a situation where the people who have contacted me are suggesting that the name itself is suggestively ambiguous even with the capitalization intact.
This is a whole different problem.
But what do you think causes it? Is it the explosion of inernet slang like in this post:
OMG LOLOLOLO U SUK!!!!!!!11 Translation : You suck!
OMFG R U SERIUS??? <<PERSON>> IS SUCH A N00B!!!1 : Are you serious ? <<person>> is such a noob!
CAN I HAV SUM FREE STUFF PLZ???? : Can I have some free stuff, please?
give me mony or i kill j00!! : Give me money or I will kill you!
im ur gf nub........giv me free stuff!!!1! : I'm your girlfriend, noob! Give me free stuff!
that causes readers to develop whole new filters that simply ignore clues like capitalization?
Are we to assume that the Capitalization Styles in programming languages are ineffectual since they are not being parsed by programmers?
Do people just have dirty minds?
Or is there something else going on here?
[Update 8:36am] At least (as Raymond proves), some developers still use the clues that casing provides -- although a bit of language knowledge can at time interfere!
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