[SystemSafety] Concerning definitions (was Re: Does "reliable" mean "safe" and or "secure" or neither?)

From: C. Michael Holloway < >
Date: Mon, 25 Apr 2016 12:50:30 -0400

On 4/25/16 12:55 AM, Peter Bernard Ladkin wrote:
> On 2016-04-24 18:12 , paul_e.bennett_at_xxxxxx
>> ....
>> I use the OED definitions for the most part (always one that seems
>> to fit the bill).

> One would surely expect professional engineers to use the technical definitions of these terms
> established in his area of expertise. ...
One would surely expect professional engineers to be less cavalier in frequently adding new definitions to common words, which change the meanings in confusing, unhelpful ways. But one's expectations would sadly go unfulfilled.

I would rather trust professional lexicographers to design a safety-critical system by themselves than professional (or academic) engineers to write competent definitions by themselves.

cMh [ C. Michael Holloway | Senior Research Engineer | NASA Langley 
Research Center, MS 130, Hampton VA USA | Tel: +1.757.864.1701 ]

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