RE: Six elementary rules for writing good english

Subject: RE: Six elementary rules for writing good english
From: "Mark the Writer" <mdb-career -at- cox -dot- net>
To: "'techwr-l'" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 6 Aug 2007 08:26:05 -0700

RE: George Orwell ("Politics and the English Language", 1946)

>From "The Economist"

5. Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word or a jargon word if you can
think of an everyday English equivalent.


Find rule 5 hard to follow for technical writing.

As an engineer myself - you use the scientific terms and jargon that all of
the engineers use in person and in documents.

Not some non-engineer equivalent.

When the engineers see a technical document that does not use established
technical wording - they have some very
choice things to say to me about the tech writers who do.

Do not forget the other golden rule for technical or non-technical documents
- write for the audience.


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