RE: Re: Roundtrip, round trip, round-trip?

Subject: RE: Re: Roundtrip, round trip, round-trip?
From: "Michael West" <mbwest -at- bigpond -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 25 Jun 2008 08:03:06 +1000

I wrote:

> You're not writing about human travel, so you can
> disregard any usage guidelines that refer to the
> original meaning of the term. They aren't meant
> to apply to specialised jargon.

I should add, though, that when you use jargon you should do your readers
the courtesy of defining the exact sense you mean it to have. A dictionary
won't help them. It is in the nature of jargon to have a life of its own and
to adapt itself to multiple meanings.

Someone will always be there to tell you, "Oh, don't worry -- everyone will
understand what you mean." Invariably, not everyone will, even when they
themselves think they do.

Mike West
Melbourne, Australia


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