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Subject:RE: A Few Job Responsilities From:"Anita Legsdin" <anita -dot- legsdin -at- watchmark -dot- com> To:"TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com> Date:Mon, 17 Nov 2003 17:12:40 -0800
The difference is the writing taught in creative writing courses vs. the language we're supposed to use as a tech writer. In technical writing, we're supposed to limit our vocabulary and use words consistently. Repeatedly. Invariably. In "ordinary" writing--what I might do for a magazine article, or a piece of fiction--it's considered dull to use the same word 3 times in a sentence, unless it's for rhetorical purposes. (I've always wondered if people lose their grasp of synonyms once they pick up an installation guide.)
"I'm not a crook."
--Richard Nixon, 17 November 1973
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Subject: Re: A Few Job Responsilities
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