As a non-native speaker of English, it's often hard for me to figure out how native speakers see their own language. For example, it's hard for me to hear any Dutch song lyrics without cringing, while even such inane stuff as "She loves you yeah yeah yeah" sounds more, well, right when it's in English. (Although even in English, there are some exceptions, most notably the incredibly silly "Guilty feet have got no rhythm" in George Michael's "Careless Whisper").
Anyway. Does any English speaker, I wonder, stop and consider the term "Explorer" in "Windows Explorer" and "Internet Explorer"? As I see it, you only use the words "explore" or "explorer" in the real world in two contexts:

  • when talking of toddlers, as in "the new SofToys allow little Timmy to explore and learn without banging his head into sharp objects";
  • when talking of Columbus and Maghellan, as in "Columbus was pretty explore, but Maghellan was even explorer."
Considering this, it seems to me that the Microsoft marketing department either see their users either as drooling infants, or see the experience of clicking through a directory tree to find where you put that fucking file as equivalent to sailing the seven seas and discovering new continents to pillage and plunder. My guess is it's probably both.

Posted by cronopio at 02:26 PM, January 05, 2006