RE: "Grammar Stinks."

Subject: RE: "Grammar Stinks."
From: Marguerite Krupp <mkrupp -at- cisco -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 20 Sep 2002 11:50:17 -0400

Once, long ago, in the dark ages of my youth, I studied and practiced Morse
Code and other arcane arts required to get a ham radio license. In that
context, it was common practice to use a shorthand for various words because
of the tedious and error-prone nature of keying in every blessed letter.

Some examples:
CQ = "seek you"
YL = "young lady"
XYL = "wife" [Hold the flames, please; I'm just reporting!]

plus several of the shorthand forms we see in IM-speak.

I also remember those subway ads for a form of non-Gregg shorthand that used
mangled word forms instead of squiggles: "U 2 kn rt gd...."

Point is, it's not new, and none of the earlier forms corrupted the rhetoric
of the folks who used them. Yes, language changes. I still hate the use of
"transition" as a verb, but I expect it will eventually become accepted.
Yuck! But that's the way it goes. Unless you're a super-fast typist, you'll
likely use these shortcuts anyway - first in a context in which you can
expect your audience will understand them, and then in a broader context.
Some will die, some will live... probably longer than we will. So it goes.

Tech writing tie in:
In the networking business, we use a lot of acronmyms. This is an accepted
shorthand. But try asking non-specialists and then non-writers about the
meaning of the acronym/initialism "ATM", and you'll get at least three
different answers. It all comes back to the basic tech writing dictum, "Know
your audience."


Experience RoboHelp X3! This new RoboHelp release combines single sourcing,
print-quality documentation, conditional text and much more, into the most
monumental release of RoboHelp ever!

Enhance, optimize and automate your FrameMaker-to-PDF workflow with TimeSavers:
Define all PDF features in your source FrameMaker files ONCE, distill MANY.
Bookmark Controller, Link Controller, UnBloat & more :

You are currently subscribed to techwr-l as:
archive -at- raycomm -dot- com
To unsubscribe send a blank email to leave-techwr-l-obscured -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com
Send administrative questions to ejray -at- raycomm -dot- com -dot- Visit for more resources and info.


Previous by Author: RE: Funny Tech Writing
Next by Author: RE: Should a PDF include "Printed in Country" phrase ?
Previous by Thread: re: "Grammar Stinks."
Next by Thread: RE: "Grammar Stinks."

What this post helpful? Share it with friends and colleagues:

Sponsored Ads