Re: Aphorisms

Subject: Re: Aphorisms
From: Peter <pnewman1 -at- home -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Sat, 20 Jan 2001 07:22:38 -0500

Elna Tymes wrote:
> David Orr wrote:
> > Despite Andrews comments, I'm sincerely interested in other listmembers'
> > aphoristic wisdom on tech writing, communication, project management, and
> > related topics.I hope no one is intimidated by Andrew's scorn into not
> > replying. I've found such nuggets useful over the years in specific
> > situations. They can serve as compasses when under the stress of a project.
> David -
> I have two favorites, both phrases that I've learned mean there's trouble
> ahead:
> 1. "Oh darn, we forgot to tell you." [The polite version] [I've had the
> impolite version of this one emblazoned on mugs which were handed out to
> survivors of one particularly difficult project.]
> 2. "Write something; I'll tell you whether I like it." [Usually said by an
> engineering manager who hasn't developed any specs for a product.]

My personal two favorites are: "this is unimportant." <usually turns out
to be critical>
and <Drum roll> "Don't worry about your fee, we're good for it."
(Everytime I hear that one, I increase the up front deposit.)


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you soon realize they both like it
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