Re: Pet Peeves

Subject: Re: Pet Peeves
From: Chris Borokowski <athloi -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 15 Mar 2007 06:45:16 -0700 (PDT)

Master/Slave becomes Master/Subordinate. According to
Adobe PDF search, the term "male" is not used in a
hardware context, only a general linguistic context
where replacements are recommended in this order:

1. "The"
John set his user settings
--> John set the user settings
2. "Their"
If any user has a setting issue, they can fix their
problem with RegEdit.
3. "His or Her"
Any user with a settings issue can fix his or her
computer with a sledgehammer.

I suppose even Microsoft believes the world should
adapt to the reality of metaphor. Somewhere, James
Joyce is smiling.

--- Amy Gale <amyg -at- grammatech -dot- com> wrote:
> 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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