[Beowulf] "Code" vs. "Codes"
eemoore at fyndo.com
Tue Apr 1 00:57:10 EDT 2008
Jon Forrest <jlforrest at berkeley.edu> writes:
> I appreciate everyone's comments so far, but please
> keep in mind that I only meant to comment on the
> use of "codes" (plural). The use of "code" in place
> of "program" feels normal.
>From the WWII German surrender documents at:
I found this:
This German Flag Officer is to be accompanied by a Communications
Officer who is familiar with the German Naval W/T organization and
who is to bring with him the current naval communications Orders,
including allocation of frequencies, list of W/T and R/T call signs
in force, and a list of all codes and cyphers in use, and intended
to be brought into use.
So certainly the use of "codes" as a plural for "code" was preexisting
in the English language by the time "code" became a synonym for
"program", so if "code" for "program" is accepted, there's no reason
to look to non-native speakers for "codes" for "programs".
(The surrender documents are not English translations of something in
German, they make the point several times that the English version is
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