Category: Usage


localization vs. internationalization

Internationalization (i18n)
The process of making a program localizable. This would cover work to allow for different fonts and charactersets to be displayed correctly. To allow for scripts that run from right-to-left, etc. This work is usually done once for a language, once the toolkits and programs support a language the internationalization work is usually complete.
Localization (l10n)
The process of taking an existing program or operating system and making it work in your language. This would include translating: interface and documentation, creating a locale file and the creation of fonts. It would not include changing the widget set or program operation to cater for your language, that work would fall under internationalization.

Source: Read the docs


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could care less VS. couldn’t care less


Think about the literal meanings of the phrases. If I can’t care less about something, then I must not care about it at all. My level of caring is at a solid zero, so it’s impossible for me to care any less — there is no level below zero. Therefore, this phrase can be used to sassily express that idea that what you’ve just told me is pointless and that spending any time thinking about it would be a complete waste of my life.

On the other hand, if I can care less about something, then I must care about it at least a little. As a matter of fact, it’s a very open-ended statement. On a scale from zero to 10, my amount of caring could technically be anywhere between one and 10. Either way, it is possible for me to care less.

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judicial vs. judicious

Judicial means of or relating to justice, judgments, or judges.
Judicious means having good judgment; prudent or wise.

Source: Grammarist


Incomparable vs. uncomparable

Two or more things that can’t be compared with each other are uncomparable.
Something that is so good that it is beyond comparison is incomparable. Some dictionaries don’t list
Some dictionaries don’t list uncomparable, and your spell check might say it’s wrong, but it’s a perfectly good, useful word. It fills a role not conventionally filled by incomparable.

Source: Grammarist