Merriam-Webster recently posted about the origins of the term “premises” that shows the word meaning IT folks so adamantly defend was created by an accepted understanding. The word came from the legal usage of the word “premise”, referring to prior parts of a contact that dealt with property specifics. Over time, this became accepted short hand for the property and location itself.
At Gestalt IT, we’re no stranger to the contentious confusion over “premise” vs “premises” (have you seen our podcast?). Dave Henry wrote up his thoughts on the mini-controversy. They’re well reasoned and I agree with his ultimate conclusion, there’s simply more precise verbiage available that makes the entire argument moot.
But I have to take some issue with Dave’s process up to that point.