RE: This or These Personnel?

Subject: RE: This or These Personnel?
From: "McLauchlan, Kevin" <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>
To: "Combs, Richard" <richard -dot- combs -at- Polycom -dot- com>, "Hales-Crotchett, Nicole" <nicole -dot- hales-crotchett -at- lmco -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2007 14:35:51 -0500

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>] On Behalf Of Combs, Richard
> Sent: Thursday, December 13, 2007 14:07
> To: Hales-Crotchett, Nicole; techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> Subject: RE: This or These Personnel?
> Hales-Crotchett, Nicole wrote:
> > I work in Dilbert land. The personnel in question are all
> > propeller heads. :)
> And you answered your own question in the second sentence: "The
> personnel ... are ..." Not is, are. Because the noun is plural. So
> these, not this. You wouldn't say "This ... are," would you?
> That said, I agree with those who say dump "personnel." Way too
> and formal -- especially for propeller heads. ;-)

If you are talking ABOUT the propellor-heads, use the terminology that's
common in the group you are addressing (so HR or Manglement will
probably say "personnel"... or worse [shudder] "resources".

If you are talking WITH a bunch of techy-doods, you can refer to
"meatware" or "the squishy components". Tech doodettes, on the other
hand often show an aversion to that terminology. Can't imagine why.


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RE: This or These Personnel?: From: Hales-Crotchett, Nicole
RE: This or These Personnel?: From: Combs, Richard

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