Re: Quaint technical writing

Subject: Re: Quaint technical writing
From: doc -at- edwordsmith -dot- com
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Mon, 3 Apr 2006 04:19:45 -0700

On Sunday 02 April 2006 03:30, you wrote:
> > What do you think?
When I read it the first time, I flashed back on the early SNL skit by the Not
Ready For Prime Time Players--John Belushi, in his role as the pirate Captain
Ned, waxing sentimental about his sailor's life, always among 'manly, virile

The writer of the manual probably refers to a similar estimable masculine
cadre of toolmakers and tinkers, though the fog of quaintness obscures
them--whether they be blacksmiths or technicians, I can't tell. At $12 per
new torque wrench, we may never know.

> What I think is that this was Ned's little April Fool's prank on
> techwr-l. My guess is that the scan is of a manual printed in the 1950s.

No. No! No one could have guessed it. Someone must have told you! Drat drat
drat, I must build higher walls. And I too will hire resolute spies.

Same time next year?

Ned Bedinger
doc -at- edwordsmith -dot- com

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