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Kalen Delaney

Geek City: A Grammar Geek in the Cloud

Those of you who know me well know that I am usually a stickler for spelling, grammar and proper word usage. I may have even lost a few friends because of what some people see as obsession. I am not infallible, and I do make typos, but I like to try to correct them if possible as soon as I discover them (or as soon as they are brought to my attention.)

So now I will admit that I made a mistake in my usage of of the word ‘premise’, when talking about Cloud vs. non-Cloud databases. I was using the term on-premise as the opposite of ‘in the Cloud’, and my friend Cindy corrected me last week in no uncertain terms. So I went online and quickly found this post that proved she was right and I was wrong:

http://fbhalper.wordpress.com/2009/06/11/premise-vs-premises-in-the-cloud/ 

I did a bit more searching and found that I am not the only one making this mistake. A Research VP at Gartner actually makes the same mistake in a published post:

http://blogs.gartner.com/chris-wolf/2010/07/14/on-premise-microsoft-azure-an-inevitable-milestone-in-azure%e2%80%99s-evolution/

I will admit that I find the word ‘on-premises’ awkward to say, so when I’m talking casually I might end up leaving off the last syllable.

But anytime I’m writing, I promise to use premise vs. premises appropriately.

And I expect the same from everyone else.

Smile

~Kalen

Published Wednesday, February 27, 2013 11:25 PM by Kalen Delaney
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AaronBertrand said:

After hearing "ask" being used as a noun at least 100 times last week, *this* is the grammar sin you want to focus on? Ok. :-)

March 1, 2013 12:46 PM
 

AaronBertrand said:

March 1, 2013 4:07 PM
 

Kalen Delaney said:

Hi Aaron... I was only intending to focus on MY grammar sins; heaven forbid I should use my blog to cast stones at anyone else,. ;-)

March 2, 2013 3:01 PM
 

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