Technical writing circa 1931

Subject: Technical writing circa 1931
From: "Thomas Quine" <quinet -at- home -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 8 Jan 2001 09:59:12 -0800

Let me share a quote with you from "Technical Writing" by T.A. Rickard
(Wiley & Sons, 1931)
>From Page 1...
"Indeed the engineer does bungle language deplorably. He makes a fetish of
efficiency, yet he shows no regard for the effective use of one of his most
important tools - the pen; he believes devoutly in accuracy, yet he employs
an instrument of precision as carelessly as a small boy handles a gun."
Extended rant snipped...
Page 3...
"In my own experience I have found that nicety of phrasing is regarded by
many engineers as effeminate..."
It's been a sneaking suspicion of mine for years that technical writing as a
profession was born out of pure annoyance with the writing of engineers...
now we may have the proof!
- Thom

Thom Quine
2395 Oak St.
Vancouver, B.C.
V6H 2J8
(604) 733-3363
quinet -at- home -dot- com

Develop HTML-based Help with Macromedia Dreamweaver! (STC Discount.)
**NEW DATE/LOCATION!** January 16-17, 2001, New York, NY. or 800-646-9989.

Sponsored by DigiPub Solutions Corp, producers of PDF 2001
Conference East, June 4-5, Baltimore/Washington D.C. area. or toll-free 877/278-2131.

You are currently subscribed to techwr-l as: archive -at- raycomm -dot- com
To unsubscribe send a blank email to leave-techwr-l-obscured -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com
Send administrative questions to ejray -at- raycomm -dot- com -dot- Visit for more resources and info.

Previous by Author: RE: QUERY: Substitute for "leverage"
Next by Author: RE: Database help system
Previous by Thread: Re: Invisible tables in Word?
Next by Thread: The whys (was Re: OT -- "its" vs "it's")

What this post helpful? Share it with friends and colleagues:

Sponsored Ads