NeoThermic wrote:Eh, you've got me there. In my defence though, language is fluid, and one normally, in speech at least, can drop the odd word while keeping the meaning the same. Evidently in the written world, every word counts :)
I would make the claim that it makes a difference when you are using a specific field's argot. In archaeology, a "dig" means something specific (although "excavation" is generally perfered to "dig"). Outside of archaeology, it is far more general in nature. It is like memory in computer sciences. That (AFAIK) generally referes to RAM, while most people will use it to refer to RAM, or hard disk space, or space on a flash drive. When a user tells me that their computer is out of memory, that generally means that their network drive is full. That always makes me chuckle a bit, as well.