FWD: Re: a vocabulary question

Subject: FWD: Re: a vocabulary question
From: "Dick Margulis" <margulis -at- mail -dot- fiam -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 21 Sep 2000 10:24:06 -0400

Mark Levinson inquired about a vocabulary issue...

Mark,

This is a general, rather than a specific, question. Craftspeople are entitled to use their own argot when conversing with one another. Argot is very useful in the world, because it enables making fine distinctions that are important within the craft but can safely be concealed from outsiders.

Your mission as a tech writer, should you choose to accept it, is to make the meaning plain. In doing so, you have either to translate any argot you find into English or to carefully explain its meaning to your audience. In the case you cite, I think you made the right choice.

Dick





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