Friday - So Bad It's Fun

Subject: Friday - So Bad It's Fun
From: "Karen Murri" <kmurri -at- comcast -dot- net>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 17 Nov 2006 16:32:27 -0600

It's late on Friday, but I figure we've got all next week to fill with fun.

The subject is: samples of really bad technical writing you've run across.
Here are a few of my favorites:

"If head does not settle fully onto shaft, wiggle and use a soft hammer to
enable head to slide onto shaft."
(From an equipment manual I revised for a client. It was pretty funny in the
context of the manual. It got a lot funnier when I took it out of context.)

"This is the screen that normally sees the operator." (OK, the OEM was
Italian, so they get a bit of a break.)

"The large wind turbines seen driving through Iowa and southern Minnesota
are 1.65 megawatts." (Watch out for road rage - it'll get ugly.)

Karen Murri
Technical Communications

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