RE: What do I call this doodad?

Subject: RE: What do I call this doodad?
From: "Van Boening, Tammy" <tammy -dot- vanboening -at- Fiserv -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 15 Mar 2007 14:11:20 -0600

I use the term external removable storage device. The first time I use
this term, I place examples after it.

Insert the external removable storage device (thumb drive, USB drive,
flash drive, or so on).

All other references are to the external removal storage device.


Tammy L. Van Boening
Engineering Technical Writer
Fiserv Insurance Solutions
Property and Casualty Division
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On Behalf Of Brierley, Sean
Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2007 1:45 PM
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Subject: RE: What do I call this doodad?

Hi,

I call them portable USB drives. However, thumb drive and flash drive
are common names. I've heard jump drive, also, but that makes me think
of a science fiction television series.

I'd introduce the term you want to use and note the alternative names in
parentheses, and proceed using your term of choice repeatably and
reliably. When you create the index, teach your reader by using "See USB
drive" (or whatever term you standardize on) for entries for the
synonyms.

Cheers,

Sean

P.S. Well, isn't that "doomom" or "dooperson" and not "doodad"?
"Doohickey," isn't that a "dooneckbruise"?

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Behalf Of Cloy Tobola
Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2007 3:37 PM
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Subject: What do I call this doodad?

I need to refer to use of a flash drive / USB drive / thumb drive.
.
Is there a standard term for these ubiquitous doohickeys?


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