Walt Mankowski on 7 Mar 2011 19:28:49 -0800

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Re: [PLUG] [OT] waiting for a socket/event vs. waiting for a socket/event

On Mon, Mar 07, 2011 at 04:57:18PM -0500, K.S. Bhaskar wrote:
> One of my pet peeves about colloquial American English is the use of
> "waiting on" when what is meant is "waiting for" - as in "I'll be waiting on
> you downstairs" to which I am often tempted to reply "Thank you, but I don't
> intend to dine downstairs."

I believe that use of "waiting on" is regional American English.  As a
native Philadelphian, I never use "wait on" in that sense.  As another
example, I wait in line to get tickets, while New Yorkers wait *on*

> Does a process wait for a socket/event or does a process wait on a
> socket/event?

Wait for.


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