Re: [quicwg/base-drafts] Rename "retransmittable" frames and packets (#1595)

Ryan Hamilton <> Sun, 11 November 2018 03:51 UTC

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On Sat, Nov 10, 2018 at 4:39 PM, Dmitri Tikhonov <>

> Something like "wack", "tracked", "ackent" don't have obvious english
> language interpretations
> I disagree. While *wack* (not an adjective!) and *tracked* (only implies
> action tangentially) are indeed poor choices, *ackent* belongs to a
> family of English adjectives ending with *ent* wherein *ent* implies
> action related to the suffixed part of the word:
>    - astringent
>    - indulgent
>    - pestilent
>    - propellent
>    - prurient
>    - quiescent
>    - somnolent
>    - truculent
>    - urgent
> *Ackent*: causing ACKs. Sounds logical and English to me.
While I appreciated that it is possible to construct a rule by which
"ackent" means "causes an ACK", it's simply the case that "ackent" is not a
word. When I read the word "ackent" it does not in any way trigger the
meaning "causes an ACK". As such, it no different to me than any other
piece of jargon. It's easy enough to memorize what a piece of jargon means,
so it's no different in this way than any number of other
terms. ACK-eliciting (or some such), on the other hand, is unambiguous and
does not require memorization.

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