Re: Burning CDs and Keys

Subject: Re: Burning CDs and Keys
From: John Cornellier <tw -at- cornellier -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 25 Oct 2000 10:50:42 +0200

Kelli wrote

> "Burn" is the sort of slang that doesn't
> belong in technical writing.

It's the kind of slang up with which I will not put!

> I have sections on CD burning in a manual
> I'm authoring for a different product
> and I don't use any form of the word "burn.

But you just did!

It's what everybody says, so it must be correct, eh? One of the most popular CD [recording | engraving | burning] softwares is called Nero Burning CD ROM. Their logo features flaming CDs flying through space.

It's a new technology; we need some new vocab. We fish around in our analogy pool, and what do find: Writing? Engraving? Burning?

How is more "correct" than the other, especially given the etymology of the word "write"?

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