RE: Most annoying word

Subject: RE: Most annoying word
From: "Jason A. Czekalski" <topsidefarm -at- mva -dot- net>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Wed, 1 Mar 2006 10:31:40 -0500

Ramp up.

What is its opposite?

Katherine Darges
Sr. Management Analyst
National Security Programs Group

The opposite is Ramp Down, and they are both valid phrases if you
in a foundry or heat treat shop. They refer to the processes of
running a crucible or oven up and down from its operating
Both of these processes have to be done in a slow, steady, controlled
manner, or things get damaged. The terms are also used in industries
like plastics and ceramics, and they use them the same way.

What annoys me is to hear the term Ramp Up used by management types
denote the starting of a new project, especially since such startups
are seldom slow, steady, or controlled.

My personal pet peeve is leverage. One of these days I'm going to get
a 4-foot piece of 2x4 and give somebody a physics lesson.

Jason A. Czekalski

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