Re: and/or?

Subject: Re: and/or?
From: "nosnivel -at- netvision -dot- net -dot- il" <nosnivel -at- netvision -dot- net -dot- il>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Mon, 25 Jun 2007 06:33:47 -0400

Raj wrote:
> Technical documentation does not have any place for
> ambiguities like "and/or".

Like any expression, it can be used sloppily.
But Merriam-Webster has no trouble defining it.
The Microsoft Encarta dictionary has no
trouble defining it. The American Heritage
dictionary has no trouble defining it. If
it's ambiguous in context, I think that's
the fault of the writer rather than of
the expression.

Mark L. Levinson - nosnivel -at- netvision -dot- net -dot- il
Mark discourses to fellow Israeli techwriters in
The Why of Style, at

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