Tfw. you're a programmer, and you decided to carefully pick words for their exact meaning, as if you were picking a function, or choosing the right options to a commandline tool.

But then someone skims over what you wrote, only understands half of it, generalizes it, and responds to the vague impression caused by that half.

I too probably misinterpret things like this every so often...

It's even worse when programs do it.

When I do a web search for "$programname" and it asks "did you mean $commonword" where $commonword and $programname are similar.

Or when I type `x + "1"` and the compiler asks if I meant `x + 1`. Except it doesn't ask. It just assumes I meant it. Where I may've meant `x.toString() + "1"` (concatenation). Or the other way around. But it tries to guess what I measnt, instead of spitting out an error, like it should.

Luckily, I don't usually program in JS or PHP.


@Wolf480pl to be fair, if Google was so literal in its searches you'd complain about poor quality results in your day to day searches, which are much more common and important to Google

@Wolf480pl @kline DDG often gets better results for technical queries than Google. Exactly because of the above, where Google asks you "Did you mean this completely irrelevant non-technical thing?", and DDG has larger percentage of technical users.

@glaurungo @kline IIRC it still sometimes does it, but yeah, not nearly as much as Google

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