Why do we use the word "protocol"?
kkinoshi at virus1.virus.kyoto-u.ac.jp
Tue Apr 25 05:07:32 EST 1995
In article <0098F5A5.97EFBDE0 at Msu.oscs.montana.edu>,
uvsmr at Msu.oscs.montana.edu (Matt Rognlie) wrote:
> This has interested me for some time. If you look up the word "protocol" in a
> good dictionary, it has nothing to do with "scientific procedures". Why
> using this word, then? Should we rewrite the dictionary or quit using it?
I think we should rewrite.
I looked up the word in The American Heritage Dictionary, which is an
on-line electronic dictionary on the Macintosh. It contained description
> 4. The plan for a course of medical treatment or for a scientific experiment.
Interestingly, it also listed a meaning of "protocol" when we say IP
(internet protocol) or ftp (file transfer protocol), common words in this
world of Internet.
> 5. Computer Science. A standard procedure for regulating data
transmission between computers.
Even worst expression in the past times could find place in a dictionary
only if it is used by most people as such, couldn't it?
1st Department of Medical Chemistry
e-mail: kkinoshi at virus.kyoto-u.ac.jp
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