The week of June 8, 2008, word came of a new ultra-powerful computer. The kind of computer that will run the heavy numbers-crunching applications that the tech guys would call "compute intensive."
World's Fastest Computer
When I worked at the IT magazine, this phrase made me CRAZY!
"Compute" is a verb, not an adverb.
You can convert a noun into an adjective, simply by using it as an attributive noun. And I'm not agin verbing nouns. I don't even mind adjectives becoming adverbs.
But to adverb a verb just makes my head spin.
It should be "computation intensive."
That's what happens when you let tech geeks pretend to be word geeks. Some of them *might* be capable. But most specialists really shouldn't be allowed to create their own jargon--not unless they get it reviewed by me, the Great Queen Copyeditor.
(and I noticed that the stories I saw on this in the mainstream press did not use the term "compute intensive")
(Over on The Engine Room, jd spotted the totally nongrammatical phrase "lower developed countries"--which, it turns out, is not the ACTUAL jargon; the true jargon-creaters were more grammatically correct than that--check out my comment.
What jargon makes you nuts?