Re: Another Grammar Q...

Subject: Re: Another Grammar Q...
From: "Gene Kim-Eng" <techwr -at- genek -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2008 11:02:45 -0700

It's "commonly used." Not quite up to the level of

Most of the time, what you see is a crane or other
lifting equipment described as a "Single-Failure
Proof (SFP), ****-Compliant Crane," and great
care taken to avoid actually saying that the crane
*is* "single-failure (or any other kind of failure)
proof." The first statement identifies the crane as
employing an industry-standard design methodology
that is *intended* to prevent single-point failures,
while the second can be construed as a warranty
that it will never suffer such a failure (and possibly
misconstrued as a warranty that it will never suffer
a single failure).

If you thought corrective action letters were a
potential minefield, try working on warranties for
a while...

Gene Kim-Eng

----- Original Message -----
From: "Chris Vickery" <cvickery -at- arenasolutions -dot- com>
Anyway, it's an ugly phrase. Perhaps there is a better way to write it
but, as Gene says, if "single-failure proof" is the industry standard, I
would bend like a reed in the wind and use it.


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