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: Steven Jong <stevefjong -at- comcast -dot- net>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Sat, 31 Jan 2009 19:22:56 -0500

I worked at a company that sold services that identified frauds, that
is, people who try to defraud companies. The input material called
them "fraudsters," a made-up word, and I changed it to "frauds," which
is a real English word that means precisely what we wanted to call them.

The product manager reviewed the manual and changed all instances of
"frauds" to "fraudsters," and insisted on the jargon term. Why?
Because we (the company) had used the word in industry presentations,
and wanted to establish it as the industry term for frauds. We wanted,
um, mindshare.

<sigh>
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