Re: Pet Peeves

Subject: Re: Pet Peeves
From: "Sean Hower" <hokumhome -at- freehomepage -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 14 Feb 2007 06:50:36 -0800

> Jim Barrow asked:
> Have you ever been in a situation where your Marketing department seemed
> to have more editorial control over your documentation than your manager
> or your reviewers?

Yes. The marketing manager at one of my jobs was offended by the following line:
"This tutorial will teach you how to XXXXXX" where the XXXXXX was the target lesson for the tutorial.

He insisted on the following rewrite:
"This tutorial will empower you with the knowledge to XXXXXX." or something similar to that. I don't quite remember.

As a side note, I'm always amazed at what people will find offensive........this guy was offended by "teach." I've met a person who went on a rant about the word "train" and how it made her feel like she was being treated like an animal in a circus show. <sigh> What can one do?

Sean Hower - communications specialist

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