I just asked a question on User Experience SE, involving the word delete. This English question is based on that UX question, so its motive can be understood better by reading both questions.
It seems to me that the word delete has a twofold meaning in English. I found this on Wiktionary:
- To remove, get rid of or erase, especially written or printed material, or data on a computer.
- (computing) To hide, conceal
#1 seems to suggest that the information is permanently destroyed, while #2 suggests the data is only concealed.
How do strict definitions of the word in computing and non-computing contexts differ from the way the general public typically understands the word?
How is the word typically understood by common, non-technical people, in a personal computing context?
As for the message quoted on UX SE, if anyone has a suggestion for it, I encourage them to head over there and post it. :)