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Closed 6 years ago

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#41620 closed task (blessed) (fixed)

"Install" is not a noun

Reported by: johnbillion's profile johnbillion Owned by: johnbillion's profile johnbillion
Milestone: 4.9 Priority: low
Severity: normal Version:
Component: General Keywords: has-patch
Focuses: ui, docs Cc:


"Install" is a verb. The correct word to use when referring to an instance of WordPress is "installation".

WordPress uses the word "install" erroneously in several places. The upcoming patch addresses this, along with a few other misuses of the word.

Attachments (3)

41620.diff (61.9 KB) - added by johnbillion 7 years ago.
41620.2.diff (575 bytes) - added by Presskopp 6 years ago.
added patch for 2 new strings
readme.html.diff (1009 bytes) - added by Presskopp 6 years ago.
Just in case, readme patch

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Change History (19)

7 years ago

#1 @johnbillion
7 years ago

  • Keywords has-patch dev-feedback added; needs-patch removed
  • Milestone changed from Future Release to 4.9
  • Owner set to johnbillion
  • Status changed from new to accepted

I wouldn't mind another pair of eyes to look over this to make sure there aren't any mistakes.

#2 follow-up: @voldemortensen
7 years ago

What official source do we use for grammar, punctuation, etc? I think it's very common to use install in place of installation. I can't find any "official" dictionary that has it listed as a noun, but lists it as an informal noun. On the flip side, "official" dictionaries have "doh" defined by influence of the TV show The Simpsons, so its hard to take them seriously.

Having said that, I don't really care which version of the word is used, but I do think consistency is important. I'm still curious what sources we use to make these decisions though.

#3 @kebbet
7 years ago

As a non native English speaker, this proposed change makes perfect sense.

Last edited 7 years ago by kebbet (previous) (diff)

#4 @jdgrimes
7 years ago

I agree that this makes for better reading, even as a native English speaker. Using "install" in this way can sometimes be more confusing/ambiguous. Overall, "installation" is often clearer, and almost always just sounds better. At least that was my impression after scanning the patch.

#5 in reply to: ↑ 2 @netweb
7 years ago

Replying to voldemortensen:

What official source do we use for grammar, punctuation, etc?


#6 @Presskopp
7 years ago


"Active installs: %s"

"%s active installs"

#7 @johnbillion
7 years ago

  • Resolution set to fixed
  • Status changed from accepted to closed

In 41289:

General: Improve terminology used when referring to installations of WordPress and its extensions.

"Install" is not a noun, and while it might be acceptable to use the verb as a noun, it is not correct. Using the correct
noun, "installation", increases clarity, especially for non-native English speakers.

This change fixes the usage in user-facing text and in developer documentation.

Fixes #41620

#9 @Presskopp
6 years ago

  • Keywords needs-patch added; has-patch removed
  • Resolution fixed deleted
  • Status changed from closed to reopened

It just has been reintroduced in wp-admin/press-this.php , L.63 & L.69

6 years ago

added patch for 2 new strings

#10 @Presskopp
6 years ago

  • Keywords has-patch added; needs-patch removed

#11 @Presskopp
6 years ago

Not included, we may consider changing Install to Installation in readme.html, L.19.


<h2>Installation: Famous 5-minute install</h2>

and then there is Installing_WordPress#Famous_5-Minute_Install

#12 @johnbillion
6 years ago

  • Keywords dev-feedback removed
  • Status changed from reopened to reviewing

#13 @johnbillion
6 years ago

  • Resolution set to fixed
  • Status changed from reviewing to closed

In 41794:

Press This: Use "installation" when referring to the act of installing Press This.

Props Presskopp
Fixes #41620

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6 years ago

6 years ago

Just in case, readme patch

#15 @Kenshino
6 years ago

Thanks for all the work :D

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6 years ago

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