[Cuis-dev] Question to English native speakers

Casey Ransberger bahweep at icloud.com
Fri Jan 1 21:48:45 PST 2021

“Callee” would be the person being called, “caller” would be the person calling. I have no idea what the etymology of this pattern in English is. It’s a mutt language. 

I think I first encountered -er/or versus -ee in the contract I had to sign to get my first credit card, in the form of lendee vs lender and debtor vs. debtee. Note that —er and —or are both suffixes that seem to do the same job but change entirely based on the root words they operate on, because English.

This language wasn’t covered in standard public school English class. You usually see it in what Americans call “legalese.” Contracts and such. Employer vs employee; actually that means I encountered it before I was old enough to apply for a credit card, because at 14 I was forced to take a job at Wendy’s. Think McDonalds, but with less room to grow. 

I say, jettison this linguistic BS. But make sure you’ve got a better pair of words that are easy to understand even if you aren’t a native English speaker.

I think the correct parlance in Smalltalk is going to be sender and receiver anyway, especially when these two terms generalize to absolutely everything in Smalltalk: “caller” sounds like something a well-meaning Lisp programmer might use in lieu of “sender,” having not yet acquired the carefully selected language that the Ingalls and Kays of the world settled on long ago.  

Yeah let’s nuke #caller. It doesn’t fit with even the primarily English-language framework that the inventors of the language used. 

—Casey Ransberger

> On Jan 1, 2021, at 6:35 AM, Hernan Wilkinson via Cuis-dev <cuis-dev at lists.cuis.st> wrote:
> Hi,
>  would it be better to name the message #calleeOf: in Process as #calledFrom:?
>  Is callee a synonym of called?
>  Callee is a bit confusing to me, it looks to me that callee is following the decorator's name pattern where de decorated object is called decorate... 
> Thanks!
> Hernan.
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