Re: PATCH: [Bug 75143] delete trash dialog title should say "empty trash contents?"

On Mon, 2002-05-13 at 08:12, Alex Larsson wrote:
> On Mon, 13 May 2002 bordoley msu edu wrote:
> > Bug 75143 has a last minute ui fix that changes the empty trash dialog title
> > to "empty trash contents?".
> > 
> > Just thought I would let everyone know, with the ui freeze tommorrow.
> I'm not a native english speaker, but does really "Empty trash contents" 
> make sense? You're not emptying the contents, you're emptying the trash 
> can.

I'm a native English speaker with a linguistics background, and
I agree with Alex. :)

You can't empty the contents of the trash. "Empty foo of bar" doesn't
mean "Remove foo from bar". Actually it means the reverse -- "Remove
bar from foo, leaving anything else that might be there, such as baz."
An example would be "The awful music quickly emptied the hall of
listeners." -- that is, put the hall into the state "empty of
listeners", having no listeners in it. "Empty the contents of the
trash" would mean putting the contents into a state where there was
no trash in them, which doesn't make much sense.

I would probably go with "Permanently delete all items in trash?" or
something of that sort.

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