# “taintedness” vs. “taintness”

In the context of information flow, when you talk about the property of variables being tainted, do you speak about "taintness" or "taintedness"? Both occur online, both sound weird to me.

An example from http://www-verimag.imag.fr/~potet/PUBLI/mdv10.pdf:

To achieve that, we propose to perform a taint dependency analysis whose objective will be twofold: 1) to compute the variable taintness at each program location; 2) to extract from the program source the whole dependency chains between each vulnerable statement and the corresponding inputs leading to this vulnerability.

• -ness takes an adjective, not a verb, so taintedness is correct, taintness isn't. Doesn't this rather belong on ell.stackexchange.com ? – reinierpost Jul 18 '16 at 19:04
• I'm puzzled, too. – reinierpost Jul 18 '16 at 21:30