Re(2): SUMMARY: If You Were Gonna Teach...

Subject: Re(2): SUMMARY: If You Were Gonna Teach...
From: Jan Henning <henning -at- r-l -dot- de>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 13 Mar 2002 09:23:06 +0100

>What I wanna know is where did all those SMEs across industries learn the
>syntax "on XXXing of". Was there some cultural trend that coined that
>construct? I've seen it everywhere--but the deeper you get into middle
>America the more prevalent it becomes. Who taught them all to talk like
>At 12:57 PM 3/12/02 -0500, Stevenson, Rebecca wrote:
>>I think I have to second that; brevity is the soul of things other than
>>wit. I've only been here a week and I'm reading documents that say things
>>like, "On clicking of the Delete Button the following information is

I've seen similar constructs in German a lot; my guess was always that
this way of phrasing it lets techies avoid mentioning a person. Many of
them seem to be more comfortable with things than with people.

Jan Henning

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