deny, refute, debunk
Published 2008-04-27 @ 23:11
I’ve been working a lot on miniunit (still needs a new name) and have been playing with words lately. should has been replaced with must, and should_not (lame!) has been replaced with wont. Wish I could have an apostrophe in there.
For a while Eric and I have added a method to our assertion suite:
It is a really handy way to describe things. I dislike the look and sound of
assert ! blah so we go with deny… but one thing bugs me:
Yeah yeah… I’m OCD or something. I would much rather read:
I was digging through Apple’s wonderful dictionary and thesaurus and came up with another possibility: debunk… how much better or worse is this?
Hell… let’s get rid of assert and go with prove and rebut! I’ve just saved you all an extra key per test! OH! show! Now that’s a lot more assertive (pun intended) than assert is. That means I could come back full circle to deny.
That reminds me… I’ve LONG wanted a list of same-length opposite verbs and adjectives. Google turns up nothing… I’m wondering if I can’t somehow generate it with GED’s linguistics library.