Decoding MH370/English Language

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Decoding MH370 - English Language Usage


English may be a second language for many readers of this website. So in addition to all the technical terms and abbreviations the tooltips created for this website also include explanations of uncommon English words.

A Tooltip is some additional information which appears on the screen when the cursor or mouse pointer is placed over some text which is faintly underlined.

The list below has two parts:-

  1. words in bold print: these are variations on an English word used somewhere in this website and probably sourced from an official document which has been quoted
  2. an explanation of the word which may also include an example of how it has been used.



English words explained in the context of MH370


acronym
A word formed by taking letters from each word in a phrase or series of words. For example radar is an acronym formed from the words radio detecting and ranging.
affirmative
Yes
airborne
An aircraft is considered airborne when all parts of the aircraft are off the ground. (Source: FAA)
ASAP
As soon as possible
blip
a spot of light on a radar screen indicating the position of a detected aircraft (Source: Safety Investigation Report)
Communique
a form of media release, an official bulletin
Internet Archive
A not-for-profit digital library also known as the Wayback Machine which stores snapshots of significant websites at various dates. See The Wayback Machine and MH370.
jargon
words and terminology used by specialists in a trade or profession that may be difficult for other people to understand
Manifest
manifest
A list of people and goods carried on a ship or plane.
opine
opined
based on the word 'opinion' - to express an opinion
portal
An Internet site providing access or links to other sites.
protocol
a set of rules which standardise a process or procedure
redacted
withdrawn, hidden or removed (before publication)
snapshot
A representation of a website at a particular date and time. The Wayback Machine captures 'snapshots' of websites and stores the pages or files in the Web Archive.
tooltip
tooltips
Additional information which appears on the screen when the cursor or mouse pointer is placed over some text which is faintly underlined.
utterance
something spoken
In radio communications from MH370 each instance of a person speaking is an utterance.