RE: Pet Peeves

Subject: RE: Pet Peeves
From: Chris Borokowski <athloi -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Tue, 13 Mar 2007 08:30:43 -0700 (PDT)

Please, no politics on the list. It polarizes
workplaces into paranoia and makes people afraid to

I would suggest that people use fewer colloquialisms
in general, as they are not accessible to any reader
who hasn't encountered them before. The term "whole
enchilada" might make sense to someone from Texas, for
example, but could baffle a New Yorker.

Whenever I find myself using colloquialisms in
documentation, I have to stop and ask whether or not
I'm explicitly describing a process or using a
convenient phrase to gloss over lack of knowledge.

--- "Flood, Donna" <DFlood -at- eoriginal -dot- com> wrote:

> Everybody who makes their living using language
> really should take it upon
> themselves to become informed about sexist and
> racist language, and delete
> it from their vocabulary.

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