Re: YOU are responsible, even when YOU are not to blame

Subject: Re: YOU are responsible, even when YOU are not to blame
From: Bruce Byfield <bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 08 Apr 2003 13:13:08 -0700


Kim Roper wrote:

Besides, I'm in Canada. I've seen people apologize to parking meters :>

People often worry about differences between British and American usage in tech writing, but rarely about how to write for a Canadian audience.

Kim's comment reminds me of an old joke: How do you get 30 drunken Canadians out of a swimming pool? Answer: You say, "Please get out of the pool."

And lest anyone think this is hyperbole, I remember once when I was in Berkeley seeing a sign on the campus that read: "Walking on the grass is strictly prohibted. Violators will be fined." The week before, I had noted the Canadian equivalent: "Please keep off the grass. Thank you!"

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