When the thesaurus attacks...

Subject: When the thesaurus attacks...
From: "M Rassmussen" <mrassmussen -at- hotmail -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 10 Dec 2001 22:00:06

I'll keep this vague, in case one of my co-workers is lurking. I don't want to embarrass the offender. Well, the one *I* consider an offender.

Co-worker A is creating a training package for a piece of electronic equipment that runs a certain software program. She asked me to do a sanity check on what she has so far, and I found only two sentences that sent me into convulsions.

She wrote: "From the piece of electronic equipment, INVOKE the software program."

I would have gone with "run" or "open" because "invoke," as I explained to her, makes me think of pasty-faced Satanic teens frolicking in the woods trying to animate Our Dark Lord.

Later on, she told the user to RELOCATE a window to an undisplayed area. Wouldn't "move" be okay?

She thinks my points are silly, but I think it boils down to keeping it simple. What do you fine people think? Should she keep those verbs or go with my WONDERFUL suggestions?


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