[etoys-dev] duplicates and siblings

Frederick Grose fgrose at gmail.com
Thu Feb 24 21:21:25 EST 2011

On Thu, Feb 24, 2011 at 8:55 PM, K. K. Subramaniam <kksubbu.ml at gmail.com>wrote:

> On Thursday 24 Feb 2011 10:45:30 pm David Corking wrote:
> > Stick with "sibling": it is slightly clearer than clone. I don't think
> > the word "clone" as used in the Java language's Object.clone() message
> > is any more helpful. I suspect "clone" is more easily confused with
> > "copy" by those children whose English isn't very strong. (Also
> > "clone" doesn't help translators who need to distinguish nouns from
> > verbs.)
> Sibling seems to be the best option here. The only drawback is that it
> breaks
> the stage play metaphor guiding the other terms (player, costume, script)
> etc.
> Perhaps some simple word that means 'member of a chorus or choir' could be
> a
> better fit?

How about a mimic?


> > "Duplicate" could easily be simplified to "copy" in a future version
> > of Etoys. It means exactly the same thing, as far as I can tell, and
> > sounds more friendly: a major goal.
> Copy is already used to mean "copy to clipboard" :-(. While the action may
> be
> suppressed in Etoys mode, it will still lead to confusion.
> Subbu
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