Re: inclusive language
On Jul 15, 2020, at 09:20, Philip Balister <philip@...> wrote:
"Trunk" also has the advantage of describing a physical object ("tree") which overlaps with the functional role of the digital object being named.
Here's the etymology of "main", which does not inspire non-Borg feelings of inclusiveness:
Old English mægen (Mercian megen) "power, bodily strength; force, violent effort; strength of mind or will; efficacy; supernatural power," from Proto-Germanic *maginam "power" (source also of Old High German megin "strength, power, ability"), suffixed form of PIE root *magh- "to be able, have power." Original sense of "power" is preserved in phrase might and main. Also used in Middle English for "royal power or authority" (c. 1400), "military strength" (c. 1300), "application of force" (c. 1300).