why in the world "ible" ?

It makes me wince when someone uses 'ible in the comments section of an Instructable.
It just seems wrong, it doesn't make any sense, and it seems lazy.

How did this come about?
Who thought it made sense?
Why did the A change to an I when someone was lazy and chopped off the INSTRUCT?



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gmoon1 year ago

I dunno how they started... But both Ible and I'ble seem like natural abbreviations, to me.

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Toga_Dan1 year ago

"able" would be confusing, and ambiguous since it is word with another meaning. But u r rite, it is lazy to abrvte the wrds

verence1 year ago

Not the Instruct is chopped off, the nstructa is chopped out. Therefore, it should be I'ble, imho.

Actually, now that you mention it, I think we did use I'ble at first - thanks for reminding me!

It makes me wince when someone uses I'ble in the comments section of an Instructable.

It just seems wrong, it doesn't make any sense, and it seems a lot of work to hit the shift key...

or so very continential, hence I use ible if you find the humor in it.

As the young ones apparently say...

;-P

Kiteman1 year ago

The change happened several years ago, soon after the site was created. I don't remember who used it first, but ible quickly became the preferred diminutive. It started as an organic quirk of what was then a small and close community, but quickly became part of the vocabulary.

As for the change from A to I, think about it; "Instructable" ends with the sounds "ah-bl", but "able" is pronounced "ay-ble", so "able" just wouldn't work.

You don't like the term, then don't use it, but, please, do not be so disrespectful towards those of us that do.