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Comp.software-eng FAQ (Part 1): questions and answers
Section - What's a 'bug'?

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Date: 24 Feb 1998

You can take your pick:
 (1)   Don't use "bug", use "fault" (an incorrect instruction or definition),
       "failure" (an incorrect result), or "mistake" (a human action leading
       to a failure).  Paraphrased from
           IEEE Standard Computer Dictionary
           Standard 610, ISBN 1-55937-079-3
           Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, Inc.
           345 East 47th Street
           New York, NY 10017-2394  USA
           $49.50 (US$) for IEEE members
 (2)   Beizer, in a footnote on page 33 of the second edition of _S_o_f_t_w_a_r_e
       _T_e_s_t_i_n_g _T_e_c_h_n_i_q_u_e_s says (paraphrased):
           I'm  sticking  with "bug" because everyone knows what it means,
           there are several "standards" for other terms that  are  incon­
           sistent  with  each  other,  the OED says that the conventional
           computer meaning of "bug" is  ancient,  and  short  Anglo-Saxon
           words are preferable to long Norman ones.


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