Re: The 'user' in User Manual

Subject: Re: The 'user' in User Manual
From: "Gene Kim-Eng" <techwr -at- genek -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 5 Feb 2007 14:41:12 -0800

This might just turn this thread into a bona fide flame war...

Most of the best writers I have ever managed could not have
enumerated the terminology of "proper grammar" or the
academic concepts behind it if their lives depended on it. Their professional training was not in grammar or English, but in fields such as engineering, physics or biology, or from hands-on training and experience in working with products in the field. Their writing abilities were primarily the result of having had the proper *use* of grammar and good composition rules drummed into them on flash cards
during their formative years in the pre-whole-language era of American schooling, and while they wrote well, most of them had not diagrammed a sentence since before the onset of puberty..

By contrast, some of the most annoying, pedantic, officious,
obstructive little PITA's I have ever known were editors with formal academic training in "proper grammar" who took an inordinate amount of pleasure in using all manner of English
texts and style guides as clubs to beat people over their heads with, possibly as punishment for having had the audacity to be making more money with words than they were.

Gene Kim-Eng

----- Original Message ----- From: "Jason Lee-Bakke" <jlbdca -at- gmail -dot- com>

I think some of the disgareement here is not understanding the concepts vs.
not being able to product the technical names for the concepts.


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