[Ads-l] infra = infrastructure

Dan Goncharoff thegonch at GMAIL.COM
Thu Nov 13 20:39:18 UTC 2014


Does the use of "infra" constitute 'breaking things', or just 'moving
fast'? (It certainly doesn't leave the language "infra" stable!)

DanG

On Thu, Nov 13, 2014 at 2:10 PM, Ben Zimmer <bgzimmer at gmail.com> wrote:

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> "Infra" for "infrastructure" is a trendy clipping in tech circles.
> Earlier this year, Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook's motto was
> changing from "Move fast and break things" to "Move fast with stable
> infra." (QOTY candidate?)
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> http://mashable.com/2014/04/30/facebooks-new-mantra-move-fast-with-stability/
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> http://www.buzzfeed.com/mattlynley/facebooks-move-fast-break-things-era-is-over
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> Most examples I'm coming across are from India, e.g. "infra projects"
> or "infra financing":
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> http://indianexpress.com/article/business/economy/6-indian-infra-projects-figure-in-kpmg-world-markets-report/
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> http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2014-11-09/news/55917904_1_infrastructure-hinduja-group-prakash-hinduja
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> http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/opinion/the-right-path-for-infra-financing/article6595659.ece
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