My two jobs have nearly opposite ways of handling language. Writing uses the humpty-dumpty rule that "when I use a word it means just what I choose it to mean." Computer programming uses the principle that a word means exactly what it is defined to mean with no wiggle room at all.
Does this mean that I'm walking around hitting myself over the head whenever I use a metaphor or suggesting that something more poetic than the word "while" belongs in loop constructions? Not really. Well, not often. Okay. It's been known to happen.( Collapse )