Thursday 5 August 2004This is nearly 19 years old. Be careful.

Over a year ago, I mentioned the idea of naming classes without ‘Manager’. I said at the time that I liked the idea of using ‘Wrangler’ instead. Well, I finally went ahead and did it: CRetryWrangler was born. It has a nice alliterative ring to it. I figured I’d get a little grief from my co-developers about the whimsical name.

One of them asked me, “What’s a wrangler?”, and I told him it was a kind of cowboy who takes care of horses or something. He comes back later and informs me that is its second definition, but the first is:

An angry disputant; one who disputes with heat or peevishness.

Sure enough. Oh well. The name sticks. Maybe it’s even more appropriate.


The first thing that came to my mind was .... JEEP

This is why in Pratchetts books you have the Senior Wrangler, who, as there was some dispute over whethr this should be a fine disputant or a cowboy, is a master of logical disputation... who looks like a horse.

(I can't place the exact quote unfortunately)

This coming from the guy who wanted to name an application "Data Moose".
The Pratchett usage is taken from the quaint habit of naming the chap who graduates in the Cambridge University Mathematical Tripos with the highest marks as “Senior Wrangler” — presumably deriving from the olden days when command of logical argument was indeed the distinguishing characteristic, and before the word acquired its negative connotations in this context.
I find it odd that all of those dictionaries list the "disputant" meaning as "first" definition. I don't think I've ever heard that word used in that sense. Maybe I watched too many Westerns when I was young. My favorite appearances of the word are in movie credits, where you'll sometimes see someone listed as the "Snail Wrangler" or some such.
I once wanted "Web Server Wrangler" on my business card. For some reason, EDS wouldn't let me.

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