RE: Display, Displays, or Appears

Subject: RE: Display, Displays, or Appears
From: "Bonnie Granat" <bgranat -at- granatedit -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 12 Jun 2008 13:05:09 -0400

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> From: "Leonard C. Porrello" <Leonard -dot- Porrello -at- SoleraTec -dot- com>
> I wonder if anyone has done empirical research on how "The
> Average User (TM)" understands "appears" as used in a user's
> guide. I probably love theory more than most, but it appears
> to me that only empirical data can put this issues to rest.
> Leonard
> -----
> Yes, I'd like to know if anybody else has that feeling that
> the word "appears" suggests some sort of magical,
> supernatural occurrence.

I do.

It is a word that also seems to call attention to itself and to the fact
that "there is no explanation for the fact that you now see what you see."
Creeps me out. <g>

That last line of mine is a joke, but the preceding ones are dead serious.

Bonnie Granat


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