Re: Bug#649717: Strange wording in package description
Michael Biebl wrote:
> On 23.11.2011 20:48, Justin B Rye wrote:
>> These simplified icons are symbolic variations on the standard
>> theme (see http://www.freedesktop.org/wiki/SymbolicIcons).
> I guess you mean variations "of" the standard theme (not "on").
Compare "Variations on a Theme by Haydn". "Symbolic variations" comes
from http://www.freedesktop.org/wiki/SymbolicIcons, where the presence
of that phrase is about as close as it gets to justifying the use of
the word "symbolic" - "symbolic icons" struck me as pretty baffling
without some such hint, since all icons are necessarily symbolic (in
that they stand for something other than themselves).
"Variations" as a countable noun is mostly used to refer to works of
classical music; if readers weren't supposed to be thinking along
those lines then the more normal word would be "variants", but it's
too late to fix the phrasing on the fd.o wiki - and if it wasn't an
immutable page then I would prefer to petition for it to be renamed
JBR with qualifications in linguistics, experience as a Debian
sysadmin, and probably no clue about this particular package