[Chicago-talk] what's wrong with chicago.pm

Jonathan Rockway jon at jrock.us
Tue Aug 8 19:49:48 PDT 2006

You're absolutely right.  I've been flamed more than once for this
mistake, but I guess my Chicago accent makes me ... uh ... averse to
learning the correct spelling.  Hopefully this time I'll get it :) 

(I'm an idiot anyway for not checking the To: field on that mail and
definitely deserve a good flaming. I blame Thunderbird, though... 
anyone up for writing a Perl-based e-mail client? ;) ;)

Jonathan Rockway

Andrew Rodland wrote:
> On Tuesday 08 August 2006 1:13 pm, Jonathan Rockway wrote:
>> I'm looking for a Perl job, but I don't know C#.  I'm not adverse to
>> learning it, though.  (I do know Java, though, and I hear they're
>> similar-ish.)
> Since you made a goof posting this anyway, I figure it gives me license to 
> butt in with a vocab lesson.
> Adverse means unfavorable, against one's interests, or simply harmful, as 
> in "adverse weather" or the related "aversity" or "adversary".
> Averse means disinclined, distasteful of, or tending to avoid, as 
> in "Risk-averse behavior." Related is "avert", which means to avoid ("avert a 
> catastrophe") or turn away ("avert your eyes").
> If you think about it for a bit, it's not surprised that they have the same 
> ultimate root verb, latin verto/vertere, which means "to turn" and gives us 
> _lots_ of good words (vertex? versus? vertical? Even advertise.) But now we 
> all know about what that little 'd' does, and how not to trigger 
> teeth-gnashing reflexes by misusing "averse" and "adverse".
> Andrew
> P.S. Just in case anyone hasn't figured out, nobody's being flamed here. No 
> animals were harmed in the making of this message.
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