- Note: the below discussion was moved from the Wiktionary:Tea room.
Also, are these words sometimes uncountable? RJFJR 15:01, 2 June 2008 (UTC)
- Yes, possibly even more commonly. "A behavior" (countable) means an instance of behavior (uncountable) or a habit (repeated behaviors). "That kind of behavior won't be tolerated in this classroom." is an example of the uncountable sense and seems to me to exemplify the most common everyday usage. The countable sense is used in psychological contexts. An analogous distinction would apply in the device/system sense, I think. DCDuring TALK 15:55, 2 June 2008 (UTC)
- Firstly, I'm not sure that that has to be countable; I don't see anything wrong with "that rice is disgusting", but I'd never say *"that's a disgusting rice" or *"those rice(s) are disgusting." (Or am I missing something?) But secondly, RuakhTALK 22:37, 2 June 2008 (UTC) (possibly countable) gets 2 distinct Ghits, while (clearly uncountable) gets 36, and gets 11, while gets 308. Even when we remove the context from the search, and therefore include psychological examples in the counts, Google estimates at 322 kGhits and at 529 kGhits. —
I see that nothing has been done to harmonise the entries for three years. Do other languages really have different words depending on whether the behavior is that of animate or inanimate things? I suggest that we combine the two senses at behavior into a single definition (something along the lines of "the way a human, a creature or a system acts"), then combine the translations, making a special note of the (few?) languages where there is a distinction. Dbfirs 20:12, 3 November 2011 (UTC)