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: quills -at- airmail -dot- net
To: Connie Giordano <connie -at- therightwordz -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 02 Feb 2009 17:32:11 -0600

Connie Giordano wrote:
> Somewhere on a marketing list somewhere, there are several hundred
> copywriters loudly proclaiming the arrogance of technical writers who think
> they are the language police and will defend the purity of the language unto
> death or job loss ...And somewhere on a programmers' list, there are a bunch
> of developers doing the same. I think perhaps this might have been part of
> David Pogue's point.
>
> Not sure I'd risk my livelihood or my reputation for a made up word by
> somebody who may know nothing about the language but does have the ear of my
> boss. I guess 30 years in marketing and technical communications has taught
> me the importance of playing nice in the same sandbox.
>
> However, YMMV
>
> Connie Giordano
>
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> Sarah Stegall wrote:
>
> No, it does not. The English language does not belong to one company, it
> belongs to all of us. No one person or body of persons has the right to
> arbitrarily re-define words, make up words, or change words. Nothing,
> and I mean NOTHING that I have encountered in more than a dozen years in
> this business pisses me off more than the arrogance of marketing
> departments that freely and oblivously play hob with a thousand year old
> language--of which they are, largely, ignorant.
>
> I have risked my job more than once, refusing point blank to mangle my
> native tongue in order to suit the whims of a marketing director who
> can't even spell. He does not have the right to re-configure this
> language. If anyone does, poets do. Nobody else.
>
> Don't bother arguing with me on this point. On anything else, we can
> agree to disagree, but on this one I am not rational.
>
> Sarah
> Locked, loaded and ready to rock
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Oh, well, as they often say in marketing, "It's a mute point."

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RE: I had say it because I was afraid no one else would.: From: Sarah Stegall
RE: I had say it because I was afraid no one else would.: From: Connie Giordano

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