"Highwater mark" versus "high watermark"
Posted Aug 24, 2010 15:44 UTC (Tue) by daniel
Parent article: The 2010 Linux Storage and Filesystem Summit, day 2
Can we clear up this malapropism please? There is a difference between watermark as in a small dot on a dollar and "highwater mark" in the sense of the highest point reached by the tide. The kernel does not track a high watermark, it tracks a highwater mark. Kernel commentary conflates these words in its typical lovable way, but there is no good reason for our esteemed editor to join in the perpetration of this outrageous assault on linguistic sensibilities.
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