I'm working on defining technical terms to explain three ways to calculate the length of time between two points in time despite the oddities of Daylight Saving Time (DST):
- Always use real-world elapsed time (like a stopwatch). This will be called "absolute".
- Always use clock time, even if the clock time did weird things during the period like skipped an hour (because Daylight Saving Time started) or repeated an hour (because Daylight Saving Time stopped). This will be called "local".
- Use a mix of the two strategies that matches how normal, non-technical people would think about it. For example, from 5:00PM on the day before Daylight Saving Time ends or starts to 5:00PM the next day should be "one day", not "one day and one hour" or "23 hours." But a time period that starts an hour before DST starts and ends an hour after DST starts should be "2 hours" even though the clock is 3 hours ahead.
What should I name #3?
The connotation I'm looking for is something that's intuitive and works well, despite not being technically consistent. A word that means "rules that are commonly accepted and good enough for most purposes" is what I'm looking for. Alternatively, I'd be happy with a word that means "Do something different on one side than is done on the other, for good reasons even if those reasons seem a little arbitrary."
Ideally the word would be:
- relatively short (under 10 letters)
- a common-enough word that most college-educated, non-native English speakers will know it
- easy to pronounce for non-native english speakers
- easy to spell
- single word is very strongly preferred
- preferably an adjective, but the right noun could be OK
- non-judgemental, so if someone chooses another of the 3 terms, #3's antonym won't make the user feel like we're criticizing their choice
The closest word that I've found so far is "common" in the sense of "common law". But I think that meaning of "common" is too obscure so I'm hoping to find a better term.
Here's some other words I've considered and reasons why I rejected them:
- normal - too generic
- everyday - too generic
- expected - some users may not actually expect this behavior, so I don't think this works
- standard - in my industry (software) this has the connotation of "laws" or "regulations" which is not what I'm trying to convey
- customary - close, but feels a little to vague to me
- colloquial - this is the closest I've found, but the word is probably too obscure and hard to spell for our global audience
- quirky - emphasizes weirdness, which is the opposite of the connotation I'm looking for.
- pragmatic - very close to what I'm looking for, but pragmatic implies "making the best of things" while this term should be closer to "how people usually talk"
- best fit / best effort - not bad, but 2 words is not ideal
- idiomatic - close, but too obscure
- divergent - too much emphasizing difference vs. sensibility
- sensible - too opinionated; don't want to imply that users who chose another option are not sensible
- parallel - not exactly right because parallel implies doing things separately, but I'm more looking for a collaborative connotation, e.g. date and time working differently but in harmony.
- split - same problems as parallel
- blend - too much emphasis on the mixture, not enough on "what just seems right"
- compromise - implies too much mixed, muddled
- evolved - emphasizes too much about the process of how we got there, instead of "what we have now is fine"