Install and installation

Benjamin Barrett gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM
Thu Dec 12 02:15:52 UTC 2013

It appears this pair has not been mentioned in connection with invite/invitation.

Today, I saw "home theater system install unit" (or something very close to it) on a Geek Squad truck. Like "invite," I think this has a very high acceptance rate.

Both "install" and "invite" lack a schwa sound, which may be relevant. "We have to do an install on 59th Street" may sound more serious or jargon-like to installers (and customers) because of the fuller vowel.

Benjamin Barrett
Formerly of Seattle, WA

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