Pretentious Words

Recently I have been thinking how pretentious these words are when related to a web site.

  1. Banned [Organ music of foreboding doom.]
  2. Suspended (It reminds one of school, doesn’t it?)
  3. Redacted (Who uses redacted in normal conversation? And why not call yourself a Redactor instead of an Editor?)
  4. Code of Conduct (John Walker pointed this out to me early on as not the way to go.)
  5. Moderated (Update from Mike)

Can you add to the list of pretentious words?

What are some more humble words to get across some of these thoughts?

If I have to use these words I expect at least the rank of Colonel and an uniform with plenty of medals. And also a Winter and a Summer Palace. Hey, maybe these words aren’t so bad after all. 🙂

7+

Users who have liked this post:

  • avatar
  • avatar
  • avatar
  • avatar

20 thoughts on “Pretentious Words”

  1. @10Cents:

    Redacted (Who uses redacted in normal conversation? And why not call yourself a Redactor instead of an Editor?)

    This is one of those words which has shifted in meaning as it moved from language to language.  In French, where the word originated, it means, to this day, simply editing.  Un rédacteur (une rédactrice) is an editor, and la rédaction is the editorial staff of a publication.  In English, the meaning has migrated to deletion or obscuration of text within a document.  The word has none of this connotation in French, although that meaning will probably creep in over time.

    I used to avoid using “redacted” to mean suppressed, but in my posts to the Updates group, I’ve bent to the convention and used it to indicate passwords and other sensitive information which have been removed from the public updates posts.

    3+

    Users who have liked this comment:

    • avatar
    • avatar
  2. That is a good use of the word. Keeping things private is important.

    It fascinates me how basically the same word has a totally different nuance and at time a different meaning in another language.

    1+

  3. I recall thinking that “comity” was sort of pretentious when it meant punishing wrongthink.

    2+

    Users who have liked this comment:

    • avatar
  4. The hamster went down the well to feed the crocodile that powers…you don’t want to know.  You really don’t want to know.  It just works.  That fast page load time?  The crocodile is well fed.  Timmy?  “Burp!”

    4+

    Users who have liked this comment:

    • avatar
    • avatar
  5. When I owned a condo, I rented one of the rooms. While researching rental laws and how to be a good landlord, I came across some advice that served me well: the best way to avoid problems with tenants was to do a thorough job screening them. So I was extremely careful, and developed a screening checklist that I used. Always picked people with excellent credit scores, excellent work and rental histories, etc. I would even eliminate people for not answering all of my questions… made me wonder if they were hiding something, or just not conscientious. My process served me very well and I never had a problem with any of my tenants.

    I wonder if the sorts of problems mentioned in the post have to do with a lack of screening process?

    1+

    Users who have liked this comment:

    • avatar
  6. JJ, I am missing the connection to Pretentious Words.

    I agree the first step is often the most important. Glad you had good tenants and created a good screening process.

    0

  7. Gee,  it looks to me as if the screening for Ratburger.org is pretty much an open-borders welcome for internet refugees.   Many of us had got ourselves kicked out of a site that we had been paying for the privilege of using.

    I feel a whole lot more welcome as a Ratburgher than I ever felt there.

    5+

    Users who have liked this comment:

    • avatar
    • avatar
    • avatar
  8. The connection is this. If those words need to be applied to somebody here, then perhaps there was a prior failure that could have been avoided.

    1+

    Users who have liked this comment:

    • avatar
  9. I am putting this comment here to see what people think of this post now.

    I still find these words pretentious. They convey meaning but add a “hitting with a rolled up newspaper” nuance that I don’t want. I don’t want Orwellian euphemisms but something closer to the the humble approach of a site called Ratburger.org.

    1+

    Users who have liked this comment:

    • avatar

Leave a Reply