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By MidnightLich (Charlie Plaine)
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#500948
Which term should be used for a new power? Decloak? Or Uncloak? Which one is correct in-universe?

-crp
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By Boffo97 (Dave Hines)
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#500967
I'd say both mean the same thing and are equally proper, like flammable and inflammable.
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By jadziadax8 (Maggie Geppert)
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#500968
Armus wrote:Decloak sounds both more correct and better.
Uncloak calls to mind naked Tribbles, and no one wants that.
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By jadziadax8 (Maggie Geppert)
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Boffo97 wrote:I'd say both mean the same thing and are equally proper, like flammable and inflammable.
I am continually confused by inflammable meaning flammable. I mean, the prefix in- usually means "not," ammite?
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By Nerdopolis Prime (Nerdopolis Prime)
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MidnightLich wrote:Which term should be used for a new power? Decloak? Or Uncloak? Which one is correct in-universe?

-crp
Exhibitionise :P
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By SudenKapala (Suden Käpälä)
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#501010
Boffo97 wrote:I'd say both mean the same thing and are equally proper, like flammable and inflammable.
Beg to differ. I'd think "uncloak[ed]" is more akin to an aspect, or state, of a ship; I'd say it's not often -- if at all -- used as a verb.
"Decloaking" to me sounds right as the verb for the action of making a ship "uncloaked". A ship without a cloaking device is by definition uncloaked, but cannot (be) decloak(ed), because for that, it first has to be able to be cloaked. Or that's how I feel it. (And yes, I'm a part-time language nerd.)

I'd wager that this strong feeling -- which is roughly mirrored, I believe, in the above comments? -- stems from the number of used instances (which has also been dug up! :lol: :thumbsup: ) for these functions. There will prolly be some cross-talk, due to the fuzziness of the matter... but I'd say, if you want the verb, go for decloak.
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jadziadax8 wrote:
Boffo97 wrote:I'd say both mean the same thing and are equally proper, like flammable and inflammable.
I am continually confused by inflammable meaning flammable. I mean, the prefix in- usually means "not," ammite?
It does, but near as I can tell the Latin changed from Olde English "into" (inflame = "into" flame), to "not" in the mid 16th century.

So, like 1E, some things get grandfathered in the Glossary - I mean dictionary. :D
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SudenKapala wrote: Mon Mar 02, 2020 8:40 pm "Decloaking" to me sounds right as the verb for the action of making a ship "uncloaked". A ship without a cloaking device is by definition uncloaked, but cannot (be) decloak(ed), because for that, it first has to be able to be cloaked. Or that's how I feel it. (And yes, I'm a part-time language nerd.)

I'd wager that this strong feeling -- which is roughly mirrored, I believe, in the above comments? -- stems from the number of used instances (which has also been dug up! :lol: :thumbsup: ) for these functions. There will prolly be some cross-talk, due to the fuzziness of the matter... but I'd say, if you want the verb, go for decloak.
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