RE: Friday Fun: What Pet Peeve makes you puke?

Subject: RE: Friday Fun: What Pet Peeve makes you puke?
From: "Johnson, Tom" <TJohnson -at- starcutter -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 21 Apr 2006 10:20:36 -0400

I'll admit it, some things bug me (like 's for pluralizing and "unravel" and "unthaw"), but I'm developing an acceptance and maybe an appreciation of misusages. Rather than looking at people as uneducated, I'm starting to see these misusages as an extension of the speaker's/writer's personality and their background rather than education or capability. Some of our most expressive language comes from non-standard usage and from our changing culture. Lashing out against the offenders seems like trying to hold back the tide. So, I'll do my best to communicate clearly and teach those under my influence to do the same. As for the infidels, I'll learn to live with the way a friend says "Heimrick maneuver." His dad, an EMT instructor, says it the same way. He can't say it right, but I hope he's around if I'm choking.

To put a different perspective on an old proverb (junk/treasure): One person's pet peeve is another person's personality.

Then there's the governor of our state who made the following proclamation yesterday, "...making students more better prepared," when talking about an education initiative.

Happy Friday everyone!

Tom Johnson
Technical Writer
tjohnson -at- starcutter -dot- com

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!.

Doc-To-Help includes a one-click RoboHelp project converter. It's that easy. Watch the demo at

You are currently subscribed to TECHWR-L as archive -at- infoinfocus -dot- com -dot-

To unsubscribe send a blank email to
techwr-l-unsubscribe -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
or visit

To subscribe, send a blank email to techwr-l-join -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com

Send administrative questions to lisa -at- techwr-l -dot- com -dot- Visit for more resources and info.

Previous by Author: RE: Procedures - Must we use numbered steps?
Next by Author: RE: Friday Fun: What Pet Peeve makes you puke?
Previous by Thread: Friday Fun: What Pet Peeve makes you puke?
Next by Thread: Friday Fun: What Pet Peeve makes you puke?

What this post helpful? Share it with friends and colleagues:

Sponsored Ads