RE: Friday-type questions

Subject: RE: Friday-type questions
From: "Lutey Amanda L" <LuteyAmandaL -at- JohnDeere -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2002 15:38:43 -0600


> From: Stan Schwartz <stanz -at- cam -dot- org>
> Date: Fri, 22 Mar 2002 11:13:35 -0500
> X-Message-Number: 16
>
> Dear ones,
>
> I take dispute with use of the prefix 'pre' as in 'pre-recorded in
> front of a live (what else) audience' or 'comes pre-loaded...' on
> your hard drive.
>
> Well, how is this possible? How can you do something before it is
> done? Is this redundancy or is there some other implied meaning.
> Wouldn't that make an electronic transcription (a copy) a
> pre-pre-recording? Where/when will this end? How are 'This is
> recorded', and 'This is pre-recorded' different.
>
> Do you use 'pre' for special cases or is this an aberration of the
> language/usage?

<snip>

I've enjoyed following this thread. In my department, we don't use the
prefix "re". Instead of "re-install the.. " or "re-tighten the hardware",
it's just "install" or "tighten". Failure to comply with this standard
results in an excess of green ink from the editor's pen.

-Amanda Lutey
Publications Information Specialist
John Deere Worldwide Commercial & Consumer Equipment Division
* Email: <mailto: LuteyAmandaL -at- johndeere -dot- com>
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