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Re: [CSSWG][css-shapes] CSS Shapes Level 1 Candidate Recommendation

From: Tab Atkins Jr. <jackalmage@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Jul 2015 11:21:53 -0700
Message-ID: <CAAWBYDDwHOUZ78y5Y4HHMB0b8xMSH1J_O8d0Q7Zjhehps6JYOA@mail.gmail.com>
To: Brad Kemper <brad.kemper@gmail.com>
Cc: Alan Stearns <stearns@adobe.com>, www-style list <www-style@w3.org>
On Thu, Jul 23, 2015 at 6:32 AM, Brad Kemper <brad.kemper@gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Jul 21, 2015, at 9:25 PM, Tab Atkins Jr. <jackalmage@gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Tue, Jul 21, 2015 at 8:24 AM, Brad Kemper <brad.kemper@gmail.com> wrote:
>>>> On Jul 20, 2015, at 10:01 PM, Alan Stearns <stearns@adobe.com> wrote:
>>>>> On 7/20/15, 9:50 PM, "Brad Kemper" <brad.kemper@gmail.com> wrote:
>>>>> “Embiggening” is a word that is hard to take seriously. How about
>>>>> “Expanding”?
>>>>
>>>> If I absolutely had to change the section title, I’d probably use
>>>> “Expanding.”
>>>>
>>>> But I’m perversely reluctant, because I like the word. It’s just one part
>>>> of the section title, which (to my knowledge) isn’t normative text. We
>>>> have a tradition of levity in CSS section titles (see the 2.x Appendices).
>>>> And if there’s even a tiny chance of this spec providing a citation for
>>>> the word’s future dictionary inclusion, I want to help stack those odds.
>>>
>>> Really? Because I think that if there is even a tiny chance that this spec would add legitimacy to such a silly and unnecessary word, then we should leave it out.  No offense, just a very different opinion.
>>
>> It's a perfectly cromulent word, from the well-known aphorism "A noble
>> spirit embiggens the smallest man".
>
> That is from “The Simpsons”. Is that our standard? If a cartoon uses a word, it is good enough for us? I thought the specs were supposed to be written in real English, not in made-up TV show language. Maybe we should have a lang=“tv” attribute on our HTML.

That's all real English; there's no English Authority defining which
words are in and which are out.  Embiggening is clear even to people
who haven't heard the word before (unlike cromulent).  Chill, it's a
mildly amusing in-joke in a section title that doesn't detract or
distract from the spec.

~TJ
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