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 I was reading an apnote about USB boot loaders and it referred to the parts of the system as the Host & Target.  I m not sure I like those terms.  They sound like how peace core civil engineers and weapon making mechanical engineers describe the same small, third world village.  I know that I do not want to be a target but I make an excellent host.

Master& Slave have been around a long time and of course these terms are insensitive enough as to be banned from use in some parts of the US.  I like Host & Device. I particularity like Corporate Oppressor & Employee as it is quite descriptive.

 I have seen Parent & Child used but these days, to be consistent, you should also have Step Parent, Step Child, Step Sibling that gets better response from Parent than you, Friend that lives with Parent that you have to acknowledge as Parent but really isn t and won t be around much longer anyway, Ex Step Parent that you can acknowledge if you wish but you don t have to, etc.  The more I think about it the more I am liking this description.

 The other thing is direction.  For USB every thing is Host centric.  So if you are a device, then a read is actually a write to the host.  It s like the airport.  When I go to the airport to go on a trip I instinctively want to drive the Arrivals section because I have just arrived.  Why can t they call it To Host and From Host or To Device and From Device.  (TH FH TD FD for short.)

 So if have some descriptive terms for both side of a USB system, please send them in.  I will give 050 kit for the best entry.  Please keep it good taste or at least not in bad taste.

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Bob Marlowe's picture

Despite we've had the usual experiences with "Landlords and Tenants" from which side whatsoever, the direction of the affinity is quite clear : the money goes from the tenant to the landlord. so why not call the two "Lord and Lodger"? It will remove the unplesant feeling coming with "Taget" but will give you the opportunity to feel safe because your'e lodged. Additionally we've got an alliteration here that is easy to remember, even for me

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