Re: When does terseness= rudeness (was whenever or as)

Subject: Re: When does terseness= rudeness (was whenever or as)
From: "Lisa Bronson" <Lisa -dot- Bronson -at- ipaper -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 10 May 2001 08:05:32 -0500

David said, "I have, in the past, made the mistake of equating excessive
chattiness with user-friendliness, However, I think you can go too far
the other way. In the interest of verbal economy, you can come off
sounding rude and hostile."

David, I too tend to, and prefer to be, a bit verbose (and yes, get grief
about it, too!).

The company I work for does a lot of business in other countries, and our
manuals are translated into many languages. For that reason, I am required
to follow certain "standards" when I write (bleh). There is little, if
any, room for creativity. I don't like it. But that's the way it is at
this point. I save my creativity for emails to my friends (wonder if they
ever reach the ends of them?) and for my novel. »;-Þ

In the instance noted ("whenever required" vs. "as required"), I would
likely opt to veer off a bit and say "If necessary."

Have a great day!!

Lisa Bronson
Associate Technical Writer
Evergreen Packaging Equipment
Cedar Rapids, Iowa


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