Command of language vs command languageWhen we hear the word command it immediately brings to our mind something related to the military. We are familiar with the words Commander, Commander-in-Chief etc. Next in the familiarity sequence is the relationship of command and demand. This is highlighted in many threads in this forum in this TOW contest itself.
In the Indian political scene, we are very familiar with the oft used 'High-Command'.
However command is also used in the sense of mastery especially in relation to a language. As example we hear, 'He has a good command of English language". Learners often get confused on the preposition to be used in this regard. Whether it is command on/in/over/of. Once a person gains proper command by learning grammar rules, the confusion ends.
But in modern days we use (especially the compu-techies use) 'command language". It is not a special language or group of words used by commanders.
Wikipedia defines command language as "A command language is a language for job control in computing. It is a domain-specific and interpreted language; common examples of a command language are shell or batch programming languages."
The Webopedia defines command language as "The programming language through which a user communicates with the operating system or an application. For example, the DOS command language includes the commands DIR, COPY, and DEL, to name a few. The part of an operating system that responds to operating system commands is called the command processor."
I presume that after reading this note at least a few will be yearning to learn a command language or get a good command of a language.
(This is an entry for theTOW contest)