Stoyan Stefanov

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Thursday, March 25th, 2010

From The Elements of Style's chapter on Misused Words and Expressions:

-oriented. A clumsy, pretentious device, much in vogue. Find a better way of indicating orientation or alignment or direction.

They suggest instead of

It was a manufacturing-oriented company.
Many of the skits are situation-oriented.

it's better to say:

It was a company chiefly concerned with manufacturing.
Many of the skits rely on the situation.

So for the second edition of "Object-Oriented JavaScript" should I suggest to the publisher the title "JavaScript chiefly concerned with objects" or "JavaScript that mainly relies on objects" or maybe "Programming with the JavaScript Language while Mainly Concerned with the Use, Nurture and Care of Objects":)

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