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This reminds me of when we were training some users in Japan.
They knew some English but not the word "twice". So when we
wanted them to press the F8 key a second time, we learned to say
to press it "two times".
From: Chris Borokowski [mailto:athloi -at- yahoo -dot- com]
Sent: Tuesday, March 13, 2007 10:31 AM
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Subject: RE: Pet Peeves
Please, no politics on the list. It polarizes workplaces into
paranoia and makes people afraid to speak.
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
> Everybody who makes their living using language really should
> upon themselves to become informed about sexist and racist
> and delete it from their vocabulary.
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