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RE: [css-shapes] neologisms

From: George Weilenmann <george.weilenmann@insightsoftware.com>
Date: Tue, 13 May 2014 15:55:07 +0000
To: Charles Lamont <charles@gateho.gotadsl.co.uk>, "www-style@w3.org" <www-style@w3.org>
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Aggrandizing would be a good substitute given the context.

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-----Original Message-----
From: Charles Lamont [mailto:charles@gateho.gotadsl.co.uk]
Sent: Tuesday, May 13, 2014 2:24 AM
To: www-style@w3.org
Subject: [css-shapes] neologisms

"6.3 Embiggening a Shape: the shape-margin property"

Look, I am fully aware of the origins and arguable (or more precisely
questionable) legitimation of 'embiggen', but really it is just too new, not funny enough, and, frankly, just too nerdy to be allowed to insinuate its way into a standard published by an organisation that has any desire to be taken seriously.

I also think it unfair on the reader of the standard to put them in the position of having to waste time thinking about whether the word is inappropriate to the context, or whether they should just lighten up.

Possible substitutions include: 'expanding', 'extending', 'enlarging', 'inflating', 'swelling', 'augmenting', and no doubt there are many others that would cause the reader less discombobulation.

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Charles Lamont

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