12-25-2014 01:05 AM
- When you enable a feature, such as Wifi, on Android devices, is it better to call it "enable Wifi" or what? Or if you disable it on Android is it "disable Wifi"? What would be the best ways to say enable Wifi/disable Wifi, etc. on Android? Is it also "switch Wifi on" or something else?12-19-2014 08:24 AM
- You may also find yourself wondering whether to say 'Switch wifi on' or 'Switch on wifi'. I believe that the latter is preferred by language experts, but most of us are uninterested in such degrees of correctness.
I'm reminded of the grammarian who, on his deathbed, said "I am dying; I am about to die: both are correct".
Posted via Android Central App12-19-2014 02:57 PM
- People in the field say "enable" or "disable". People who are just users, and don't care about speaking properly, use all sorts of words, some of which confuse even native English-speakers who do use the right words. (If you're not a native English speaker, you're probably not aware that many Americans can't speak their native language properly. We have a dialect I call "slop" - just say what you think and hope the person you're talking to understands what you meant - even if the word has nothing to do with the thought. Inability to speak properly indicates an inability to think properly. If we spent more time teaching children how to think, instead of what to think, it might be better.)
Belodion, you remind me of the Churchillian comment about "that is the sort of nonsense up with which I shall not put". Absolutely correct, according to the book.12-19-2014 05:03 PM
- ^^^Yes, that is a pleasing quotation, or as people would say nowadays, quote. But I think my favourite remains that of the condemned man in the electric chair, who, as he was strapped into it, said 'Are you sure this thing is safe?'
Posted via the Android Central App12-19-2014 06:43 PMLike 2
- My favorite Churchilism was his exchange with Bessie Braddock (some say Lady Astor, but that's doubtful):
Braddock: "Winston, you are drunk, and what's more you are disgustingly drunk. "
Churchill: "Bessie, my dear, you are ugly, and what's more, you are disgustingly ugly. But tomorrow I shall be sober and you will still be disgustingly ugly."
Also his exchange with Thatcher. Thatcher remarked, "If you were my husband, I would put poison in your coffee." Churchill replied, "Madam, if you were my wife, I would drink it."
Master par excellence of the immediate put-down.12-20-2014 12:42 AM
- As a non English speaker I can understand the OP question. Sometimes I freeze a little bit when writing something like that. It could seem unimportant when English is your language, but you spent some time thinking about that when you make the effort to write properly in a language you don't master.
In this particular question this is my rule. Use enable/disable when talking about big things like apps. You'll disable and app or a feature that you don't need. You switch on/off when talking about some kind of toggles (WiFi, mobile data, aeroplane mode ...).
But in general you have to think about the whole sentence and not so much about a single word. Keep it clean and every one is going to understand. And as Rukbat said, you're more worried about correctness than most English speakers are. (I really like that "slop" thing).
By the way. Never use "switch on WiFi", "switch WiFi on" is the way to go.*12-20-2014 01:13 PM
And remember, if you don't have a good data plan make sure that WiFi is enabled before watching any video.12-24-2014 09:06 AM
- The English language, which is my native language, is full of so many irregularities that I almost feel ashamed of it. Even native English speakers are often far from certain about correct usage.
I'm astonished at how many non-native English speakers manage to master the language as well as they do, as is so often seen in these forums.
Posted via the Android Central App12-24-2014 12:56 PM
- I'm not even close to master English but there's a good thing about this language. It's very easy to be understood (when writing at least, speaking is a different struggle). I'm going to make lots a mistakes and grammatical errors but the message will pass along.
It's different with other languages (Spanish, Portuguese, German ...). Just a couple of errors could change completely the meaning. In general English is an straight to the point language and that helps to make things easier for non English speakers.12-24-2014 01:51 PM
But remember - English is Angle, Saxon, Welch, Latin, Greek and a few other languages, all combined into a speech used as a common language by a lot of people. But it's not really a language. The rules - for grammar, for spelling, for sentence construction - vary as you parse a sentence. And some of the "rules" make speaking (and listening to it) painful. A preposition is something with which one should never end a sentence - leading Winston Churchill to quip "This is something up with which I shall not put." The rules say it's the proper way to say it. Churchill might also have had something to say about the rules, but knowing his penchant for not caring whom he offended, I'd guess that it was probably never printed.It's different with other languages (Spanish, Portuguese, German ...). Just a couple of errors could change completely the meaning. In general English is an straight to the point language and that helps to make things easier for non English speakers.
Rikku, my personal rule on the internet is that if I can understand what you mean, your English is good enough for use on the internet. I'm here to help people with their cellphones, not to criticize their use of English. At least people try. I have to use Google, since English is the only language I can speak or write fluently. It only bothers me when someone born in the United States, of American parents (so English was spoken in the home), writes so poorly that it embarrasses me to know that a countryman of mine cares so little about the impression he's making. So say turn wifi off, say disable wifi, say it any way that people will understand - and if someone doesn't like the way you say it, he can answer someone else's question. When you're in an English class, worry about the "proper" way to say it. (And be sure you know whether it's supposed to be British proper or American proper. For instance, we refer to a company in the singular, Englishmen refer to a company in the plural. "Google have a nice campus" in England. "Google has a nice campus" in the US. Each is "correct".)12-25-2014 01:05 AM
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