Accuracy (was Re: Most annoying word)

Subject: Accuracy (was Re: Most annoying word)
From: doc -at- edwordsmith -dot- com
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Wed, 1 Mar 2006 12:28:16 -0800

On Wednesday 01 March 2006 11:19, Gene Kim-Eng wrote:
> "Zeroing" is adjusting the firearm to align it to best manufacturing
> tolerances. But even when a firearm is aligned to best manufacturing
> tolerances there will be variations in accuracy from shot to shot.
> "Accurizing" consists of "zeroing," plus any necessary modifications,
> including remachining parts, to align to even *tighter* precision to
> consistently reduce the variation to better-than-design specs. It is
> the firearms equivalent of what auto engine builders call "blueprinting."

I would be tempted to borrow 'accurize' for use in other contexts, even if it
is specialized vocabulary from a specific field, because it relates to
markmanship, and marksmanship is so well known as THE analogy for accuracy. I
wouldn't have to bluff the editors, since accurize is demonstrably a real

Another techwr-ler suggested privately that 'accurate' is already a verb form,
if only by backformation and analogy to 'prorate.' As English goes, I like
this alternative a lot. Caveat editors!

> Gene Kim-Eng
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: <eric -dot- dunn -at- ca -dot- transport -dot- bombardier -dot- com>
> ?!?
> I've always known that as zeroing "1 : to determine or adjust the zero of
> (as a rifle)"

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Re: Most annoying word: From: eric . dunn
Re: Most annoying word: From: Gene Kim-Eng

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