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: "Downing, David" <DavidDowning -at- users -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 2 Feb 2009 09:49:00 -0600

From: Steven Jong <stevefjong -at- comcast -dot- net>
Subject: Re: I had say it because I was afraid no one else would.

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.

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Actually, I think this one makes some kind of sense. The word
"fraudster" makes it clearer that we're talking about the *person*
committing the fraud. The word "fraud" also applies to the general
practice of defrauding someone and to a specific act of defrauding
someone.
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