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Re: should "use byte" be "use bytes"?

Joshua N Pritikin
February 10, 2000 05:56
Re: should "use byte" be "use bytes"?
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On Thu, Feb 10, 2000 at 11:27:12AM +0100, wrote:
> Quoting
> :On Wed, Feb 09, 2000 at 01:24:59PM -0700, wrote:
> :> >I prefer octets, as that is what all the RFC's seem to call them. 
> :> 
> :> Si on a envie de parler non-anglais, alors bien, mais pour
> :> les autres, you have to admit that bytes is more what people
> :> are used to pensing about.
> :
> :My sense is that, "octet" is a snobbish jargonesque word for "byte."
> That's possible.
> However, it happens to be the word we use in French for "byte". ;-)
> Raphael
> PS: Tom, in French, we don't pronounce the final "t", and the "s" for
> plural is silent here anyway.

Oh, that would help.  Maybe I'm just pronouncing it wrong.  "Octe" isn't
too bad.

> But even in French, "octet" is longer than
> (the way we pronounce with our French mouth) "byte". However, "octets"
> is shorter than "bytes", in French speak, and easier on the mouth too.
> And it's {OCO} versus {COC}, [Ok'tE] versus [bha?s].

Why not spell it:

  use octe;  #?

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