Benjamin Barrett gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM
Fri Jan 20 17:42:30 UTC 2012

The OED has draft additions for beta tester and beta customer, but today I encountered beta reader, which even has an article on Wikipedia (

If this use of beta hasn't spread to other uses, this meaning is transparent enough to do so. Perhaps an adjective meaning is called for.

Benjamin Barrett
Seattle, WA
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