Apple's teasing its developers:

You won't want to miss the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC 2004) in San Francisco, where CEO Steve Jobs will unveil "Tiger," the next release of Mac OS X -- Apple's critically acclaimed operating system. WWDC is your opportunity to preview this new release and discover how Tiger will fuel the next generation of developer innovation.

Critically acclaimed? Is it because English remains a foreign language to me or is this words association really weird? However I'm looking forward to reading what Tiger is all about (I'd love to come but I'm afraid I won't be able to this year again.) I bet Steve will joke about the competition and its next generation to come in, what, 2006?


"Critically acclaimed" is a perfectly common English term, but you'd see it most often applied to a movie, not an operating system.

Thanks for the explanation. I think my reaction comes from the fact that critical in French has almost always a negative meaning (like a matter of life and death), it's not far from being a faux ami.

And really, in this context, "critically acclaimed" is sales speak. Some marketing/publicity drone got told to write a teaser for the event and that's what they came up with.

Perhaps an unfortunate choice, though: quite often, "critically acclaimed" means "the movie critics loved it, nobody went to see it (not enough nudity and car chases)."

I start to get it, "acclamé par la critique", it's exactly what you wrote Phil :-).

Speaking about Tiger/Longhorn, check this article: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1759,1585533,00.asp
It's really fun, especially in the last two paragraphs. :)

mensuelles Archives

Recent Entries

  • Steve Jobs

    "Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because...

  • Your privacy on MOTOBLUR by Motorola

    After the Nokia Ovi Store carelessness, it's now Motorola who's allowing strangers to get access to your private information on their MOTOBLUR portal. Exactly like...

  • How to resume a broken ADC download

    (I'm documenting this trick for myself to remember, but it can be useful for others…) Apple, on its Apple Developer Connection site, has a bad...

  • WTF is this ‘myEventWatcherDiv’ doing in my web?

    All of a sudden I started to find the following line in most of the web pages I was browsing, including ones I made where...

  • Your privacy on Nokia Ovi Store

    My friend Adam Greenfield recently complained about the over-engineering culture at Nokia: I was given an NFC phone, and told to tap it against the...