Semantic debate

ROB MATSON (ROBERT.D.MATSON@cpmx.saic.com)
23 Mar 1998 13:32:25 -0800

Hi all,

I thought everyone had grown tired of the glint vs. flare semantic =
debate.
This topic had been sporadically bandied about for months, and we should
try to put it to rest.  Why not agree to disagree?  Everyone knows what =
everyone means, regardless of which term is used.  I don't happen to like
the word "glint" as applied to either the Iridium or HST specular =
phenomena,
but I have no complaint about others choosing to use it.  I ~have~ =
thought
of one more reason I like "flare" over "glint", however.  ;-)  =
Onomatopoetically,
glint "sounds like" a flash of very short duration, whereas flare =
suggests
something slightly more drawn out.  Perhaps it's just the fricative =
endings
of glint and flash that lend an air of brevity.  How's that for a new =
spin?

Best wishes to those in either camp.  Stay tuned for updated predictions
on peak glint (!) times for Superbird A this week.  --Rob