Browsers are male!May 20, 2009
Following on from the fine tradition of certain languages (such as French) assigning genders to inanimate objects, one company has decided that browsers are male! I spotted this when doing a software update:
While it’s all very fine to make fun of such constructions, this is what I would do if I was responsible for this message:
- replace ‘he’ with ‘it’
- add a possessive apostrophe to “browsers” in the second line, and because you can have more than one browser or browser window open simultaneously, I’d make that a plural possessive: “… your browsers’ configuration files…”
- make ‘Of The’ lower case in the message title
- perhaps reword the last sentence to something like ‘An open browser may overwrite your [software application] settings with those it still has in memory’
I wouldn’t touch ‘immunize’ as it is a specifically named function of this software.
I’m sure others might make different changes, so I invite your feedback — what would YOU change about this message if you had the ability to do so? BTW, the application is from the malicious software removal tools family.