Should sudo be used?
jerrymc at msu.edu
Fri Apr 6 15:39:33 UTC 2007
On Fri, Apr 06, 2007 at 12:08:04PM +0100, Alex Zbyslaw wrote:
> Jerry McAllister wrote:
> >I noticed one grammatical thing of question. In the first paragraph
> >under "Use ssh instead of Telnet or rsh/rlogin" it says
> > "they should never be used to administrate a machine over a network,"
> >I think the word should be 'administer' instead of 'administrate'
> >unless this is some sort of British thing. I know, picky picky, but
> >it just stood out to me as I was reading.
> 10 years ago you might have been correct. An old dictionary on the
> shelf does not list "administrate". However both modern dictionaries I
> tried listed it with the same meaning as administer in it's "oversee" sense.
> On-line, try, for example, WordNet http://wordnet.princeton.edu/ (web
> interface: http://wordnet.princeton.edu/perl/webwn). I can find over a
> dozen references with a google for "administrate meaning".
> I can't find any etymology for this specific (and I would agree, in some
> sense wrong) form however it is clearly in common usage.
> Language evolves, not always in ways that everyone likes. Administer is
> a perfectly good word, and there's no need for "administrate" to exist.
> But language skills being what they are, someone looks at
> "administration" and it's quite understandable how they get to a verb
> "administrate". C.f compensation, for example.
Geeez, the language is falling apart.
I was afraid of that. Why did I ever take 8th grade English
and have to learn about verb infinitives when I could have been
trying to spy on girls gymn class...
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