RE: Avoiding and/or?

Subject: RE: Avoiding and/or?
From: Maggie Secara <MSecara -at- bizbuyer -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 14 Nov 2000 11:27:51 -0800

As I suggested to Mike earlier today, there's more to this than just whether
"and/or" is an ugly usage or not. It seems to me that the real problem in
the example sentence is that working at home and telecommuting are too much
like the same thing. It sounds like you're using both expressions to avoid
having to define what you mean by "telecommuting." In which case, why not
just use "working at home". Ah, because someone might be telecomutting from
someplace besides his/her home? That's just splitting hairs. Be bloody,
bold, and resolute! Say "telecommuting", because it doesn't matter where
they're telecommuting from. The program still isn't for them. :

Maggie Secara
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