Perl Modules: some notes

Randy McMurchy randy at
Sat Nov 4 07:59:35 PST 2006

Bernard Leak wrote these words on 11/03/06 20:37 CST:
>                      Guy Dalziel wrote:
>> Technically depreciate and deprecate mean the same thing, "To think or
>> speak of as being of little worth; belittle.", although for the sake
>> of consistency, deprecated would be the desired word.
> No.  To 'depreciate' means that (it's related to 'price').
> To 'deprecate' does NOT mean that (indeed, it doesn't even mean
> anything LIKE that, except that there's a vague negative association
> with 'de-' in both cases).  To deprecate (related to 'pray') is to
> ask that something not be done.


My dictionary shows the two words to be synonyms. Perhaps Bernard
may have been better off simply saying that the 'preferred' word
would be 'deprecated', and leave it at that, rather than trying to
play grammar police. :-)


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