[Haskell-cafe] Ordering vs. Order

Christian Sternagel c.sternagel at gmail.com
Thu Oct 7 04:02:20 EDT 2010

Hi all,

I'm not a native English speaker and recently I was wondering about the 
two words "order" and "ordering" (the main reason why I write this to 
the Haskell mailing list, is that the type class "Ordering" does exist).

My dictionaries tell me that "order" (besides other meanings) denotes an 
ordered structure on elements and "ordering" (as only meaning) denotes 
some request that I made at some entity. So, to me it seems that calling 
the type class "Ordering" is wrong ;)

However, I do know that there are many publications about "ordered 
structures" which use the word "ordering" (most of which I'm aware of, 
not by native speakers).

What do native speakers have to say about that?

best regards


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