LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||07/JUL/2007 9:38 PM|
|Assunto:||long on, sign in, etc|
log on = log in = sign on
log off = log out
I don't know about sign on used instead of log on and sign off used instead of log off/out.
M-W gives log in as a variant of log on. So does dictionary.com.
log on = to establish communication and initiate interaction with a time-shared computer. --Merriam-Webster
log on = enter a computer. --dictionary.com
"Have you logged in lately?"
dictionary.com further gives log on as a variant of sign on. It also gives log off as a variant of log out. But I don't know about sign off. No other definition does dictionary.com give to sign off than "to cease radio or television broadcasting, especially at the end of the day." It does not say, "to turn off one's computer and go to bed."
"This is the Voice of America signing off" = "... encerrando suas transmissões"
I have seen sign up (with) meaning the same as subscribe to, though.
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