January 24th, 2006 • 9:55 am
Apple has just posted the latest version of its Style Guide in PDF format. It’s an interesting document containing all kinds of recommendations concerning capitalization, spelling, abbreviations, etc.
I couldn’t help chuckling when I saw this, though:
bug Avoid; use problem, condition, issue, or situation instead.
It sounds a bit too much like denial to me! Lord knows bugs do exist, and Apple’s own software is far from immune. And most people I know call them just that, bugs.
I realize it might not be entirely politically correct for Apple employees to use such a word in the context of trying to deal with a customer’s problems, but it’s a bit excessive to expect them to avoid the word altogether, especially in the absence of any indication of context.
I can also think of many “official” contexts in which Apple uses the word bug without any difficulty. All you have to do is launch Safari and select “ ” in the “ ” menu. The B word is right there:
Oops. I guess the button text could easily be replaced with “Report Problem,” but what about that button image?