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Subject:Re: Pet Peeves From:Amy Gale <amyg -at- grammatech -dot- com> To:TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com> Date:Wed, 14 Mar 2007 11:04:01 -0400
Geoff Lane wrote:
>It's bad enough that the PC bunch want
>to ban master and slave cylinders or drives, and ban male and female
>mating components - even though these have been industry standard
>terms for ages - <fe>but it seems that they've run out of targets and
>are now making things up!</fe>
I find "male" and "female"...not offensive, I guess, but definitely kind
of tacky - industry standard or not. I don't think they color my
opinion of the product/documentation in question, but they do frequently
trigger an eyeroll at the horny geekboys [*] who thought it was good
terminology in the first place.
The Microsoft Manual of Style says not to use them and provides
substitutes, which I don't remember offhand. I suppose I'd use those
substitutes if I documented hardware, which I don't.
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