[Ubuntu-l10n-eng] setup/set-up, plugin/plug-in and login/log-in

Paul Huxley paul.huxley at gmail.com
Mon Aug 28 13:16:31 BST 2006

Using google.co.uk but searching with the same terms pages *only from the
UK* you get more conclusive results:

"login to a machine" - 736
"log into a machine" - 298
"log in to a machine" - 8280

It would seem that people in the UK would tend to write each word

Take away the machine element and there's similar popularity:

"login to" - 10.8 million results
"log into" - 1.8 million results
"log in to" - 17 million results

On 8/28/06, Sridhar Dhanapalan <sridhar at dhanapalan.com> wrote:
> On Monday 28 August 2006 02:13, William Anderson <neuro at well.com> wrote:
> > However, I and others don't say "I log into a
> > machine", we say "I login to a machine".  There should definitely be
> > deference to standard English usage wherever possible, however I would
> > exempt computer usage specifically as using the "standard" may actually
> > confuse things for newcomers to both Ubuntu and computing in general.
> Most people I communicate with say and write "log into a machine", so this
> is
> a contentious issue.
> I am normally loathe to use Google as a measuring tool, but since we are
> talking about computer use (independent of dialect and so on) I feel that
> it
> provides a reasonable representation. Using google.co.uk, the results are:
> "login to a machine"       558
> "log into a machine"     10300
> "log-in to a machine"    14400
> "log in to a machine"    14400
> The latter two are identical because Google ignores the hyphen/space and
> treats then similarly. I don't really know if these figures tell us much,
> but
> I thought I would throw them in as fodder for debate. What is most
> interesting is how far the first quotation is behind the others.
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