Mighty Red Pen

October 8, 2008

Sit up and shutdown

Filed under: Grammar goddess,Overseen — mighty red pen @ 7:06 pm
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Overseen on MRP’s computer:

American Heritage and other dictionaries recommend using shut down as a verb, shutdown as an noun. It seems to me that what would be called for here would be the verb, as in “[I want to] restart” or “[I want to] shut down.” Anyone out there have insight into why Microsoft thinks the noun form shutdown would be right here?



  1. What if Micro$oft were thinking that each of those words were in fact a noun. What would you like to do when the job finishes? A Restart or A Shutdown.

    That makes sense, yes?

    Comment by David — October 10, 2008 @ 8:53 am | Reply

  2. In the context, it seems to be used as a verb (what would you like to do). That said, I think they’re just speeding along the process we see with many compound verbs. For instance, you can fund raise, fund-raise, or fundraise. The only possible technical explanation I can think of may be due to efforts to ease translation when language packs are used.

    And… isn’t DLO Desktop Agent a Symantec product?

    Comment by Ian Clifton — October 10, 2008 @ 6:36 pm | Reply

  3. I agree with David – do you want to do a restart or do a shutdown? Microsoft just hasn’t put the articles in.

    Comment by JD — October 13, 2008 @ 5:14 am | Reply

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