RE: I had say it because I was afraid no one else would.

Subject: RE: I had say it because I was afraid no one else would.
From: Paul Hanson <phanson -at- Quintrex -dot- com>
To: "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2009 13:23:56 -0600

Anyone else notice the humor in using "aggrandizement" in a paragraph that criticizes writers that do not bother "to fish for a plain-English word."

Paul Hanson
Technical Writer
RoboHelp ACE - http://www.adobe.com/support/forums/team_macromedia/robohelp.html
Quintrex Data Systems http://www.quintrex.com
email: phanson at quintrex.com

-----Original Message-----
From: CL T
Sent: Thursday, January 29, 2009 9:47 AM
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Subject: I had say it because I was afraid no one else would.

One paragraph from this is especially true.

FROM THE DESK OF DAVID POGUE
Tech Terms to Avoid
"Why tech writers use so much jargon, I don't know. Maybe it's
self-aggrandizement; they want to lord their knowledge over everybody else.
Maybe it's laziness; they can't be bothered to fish for a plain-English
word. Maybe it's just habit; they spend all day talking shop with other
nerds, so they slip into technospeak when they write for larger audiences."

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/16/technology/personaltech/16pogue-email.html?_r=4&8cir=&oref=slogin&emc=cira1&pagewanted=all&oref=slogin

I've got to say, I agree.

Thoughts?

-Collin

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