OT: Funny Tech Writing

Subject: OT: Funny Tech Writing
From: <vrfour -at- verizon -dot- net>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Thu, 27 Apr 2006 17:38:42 -0500 (CDT)

Years ago I found an amusing story online about tech writing. From what I recall it involved a student that submitted a paper regarding the mechanisms/specifications of a mouse:

"A mouse has four legs, two eyes, and padded feet with claws."

The professor repeatedly returns the paper for rewriting, asking the student to expound on the description. By the tenth rewrite the once simple paper has grown into the biggest, most complex description of a mouse.

Finally, after the professor's last comments, the student submits the paper with her original description - and the professor thinks it's great.

Does this sound familiar to anyone?



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