TechWhirl (TECHWR-L) is a resource for technical writing and technical communications professionals of all experience levels and in all industries to share their experiences and acquire information.
For two decades, technical communicators have turned to TechWhirl to ask and answer questions about the always-changing world of technical communications, such as tools, skills, career paths, methodologies, and emerging industries. The TechWhirl Archives and magazine, created for, by and about technical writers, offer a wealth of knowledge to everyone with an interest in any aspect of technical communications.
OK, most annoying word that's actually used is "utilize" in all its
But, I had a boss years ago (USAF Major) who got tired of using the
standard closing on DIN messages (before the 'net) and decided to get
creative. So, instead of using the standard "POC (point of contact) is
Major SO-and-so at 123-345-5678, he said, "You can contact me
*telephonically* at 123-345-5678. Telephonically?! He asked me to read
his message before sending it and I pointed out that not only was that
not a word, it was a stupid non-word. He insisted. Fine - HIS name on
the thing, not mine.
SO, you guessed it. For the next several weeks, we had people calling
the office asking to speak to the major "telephonically".
From: techwr-l-bounces+cturner=redflex -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
[mailto:techwr-l-bounces+cturner=redflex -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com] On
Behalf Of Melissa Nelson
Sent: Monday, February 27, 2006 7:32 PM
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Subject: Most annoying word
Just out of curiousity...what are your choices for the most annoying and
overused buzzword used in your office? I have a few words that as a
just make me cringe when someone uses them and even worse when someone
them in my writing. :) I won't mention them yet, as I am interested in
you all choose. However, I will admit that I have "The Apprentice" on in
background as I write this. Talk about annoying words...spoken by
WebWorks ePublisher Pro for Word features support for every major Help
format plus PDF, HTML and more. Flexible, precise, and efficient content
delivery. Try it today!. http://www.webworks.com/techwr-l