Re: Pet Peeves

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.


[*] I'm not politically correct either


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RE: Pet Peeves: From: Dori Green
Re: Pet Peeves: From: Avram Baskin
Re: Pet Peeves: From: Geoff Lane

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