Dishonored vs. Ignored

I ran across a case where the word “dishonored” was used as the opposite of “honored,” but it wasn’t the right word for that situation.

When creating reservoir models, whether static or dynamic, you want the model to “honor” certain data points that have been measured, such as well logs or core analysis data. In this case, “honor” means to regard or treat those data with the respect they deserve.

However, if some data points look funky or if the measuring tool used in a certain well was not calibrated or normalized properly, you might not want to include those data points as “controls” in the model. In such a situation, you would not “dishonor” the data; you would “ignore” those data points.

To dishonor something means to bring shame upon it or treat it in a degrading manner, with the connotation of disgrace. Dishonor is usually used in reference to people or to bank notes or checks.

On the other hand, to ignore something means to refuse to take notice of it or to reject it as ungrounded, and this is much closer to the meaning in the case of suspicious data.

Disregard would be another word that could be used in this situation, as this means to pay no attention to it or to treat the data as unworthy of regard or consideration.

Correct Usage Example:
Because the log data from Well A-385 could not be normalized, those data were ignored/ disregarded, and only the logs from the other four wells were honored in the static model.

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Profound Quote of the Day:
“If you can’t ignore an insult, top it; if you can’t top it, laugh it off; and if you can’t laugh it off, it’s probably deserved.”
– Russell Lynes, American critic, 1910-1991
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