In Process

With only 73 sleeps till Christmas, my mind has turned to my 24th December activity of decorating the house.  This year, I hope to break in to single figure minutes to put the tree up and decorate it.

Because decorating the house doesn’t take me long but I love Christmas, I need to try to extend it somehow.  That’s my excuse anyway.

That means that I buy the Lego Christmas sets every year.  I got the e-mail telling me that there were double VIP points, which meant that buying the Christmas Station there and then became a no-brainer.  To back it up, there’s a free gift.  And, because I can get 5% cash back as well the double points, I bought the motors and battery packs to ensure that last year’s train will really annoy Moo.

More than £100 on Lego before breakfast.

Anyway, in my excitement I’ve been checking the order fairly regularly.  Last night it was “In Process” and, I won’t lie, this bothers me.

I don’t really know when “in process” became a thing, as opposed to “in progress”.  I first heard the former during project work when I assumed it was an Americanism or Indianism.  It’s kind of right, but I don’t get why people use it when there is a much more regularly used alternative.

“In process” is one of the things that I can best explain by its opposite – “out of process”.  When used computationally, being out of process means that it isn’t in scope of a program that is being run.  So being “in process” doesn’t feel to me like its got an end point, just that it’s part of something and is used.

Obviously that doesn’t work when looked at in my previous orders which are “complete”.  Or the fact that my current one was “In Warehouse” this morning!

I’m sure I’ll have got over the annoyance by Christmas!

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