"format" (verb) possible new sense
James A. Landau
JJJRLandau at AOL.COM
Fri Nov 15 15:40:31 UTC 2002
At a meeting at work yesterday we discovered that a typo had changed the word
"formal" to "format". Everybody at the meeting seemed to be a little rattled
by this type, because of the connection with "to format one's hard disk",
which is a very disastrous thing to have happen to one's PC-compatible.
Apparently the verb "to format" has acquired, among computer users, a new
sense of "to have something disastrous happen". Has anyone else noticed this?
- James A. Landau
FAA Technical Center (ACB-510/BCI)
Atlantic City Int'l Airport NJ 08405 USA
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