Re: I had to say it because I was afraid no one else would

Subject: Re: I had to say it because I was afraid no one else would
From: "Gene Kim-Eng" <techwr -at- genek -dot- com>
To: "Sarah Stegall" <sstegall -at- bivio -dot- net>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 4 Feb 2009 11:32:56 -0800

"Evidentially" is a real word, derived from "evidential."
It refers to arguements and/or conclusions based on
the examination, inspection or testing of evidence.

"Evidently" refers to something that is obviously and
plainly clear (and therefore requires no evidence).

To someone preparing an engineering or scientific
report or publication, the distinction between these two
words is significant, and substituting one for the other
could have substantial legal or academic consequences.

Gene Kim-Eng



----- Original Message -----
From: "Sarah Stegall" <sstegall -at- bivio -dot- net>
> I once worked for an engineering firm whose VP held
> two PhDs. I edited a report of his to correct his spelling. He had
> misspelled several rather common words - I'm not talking about insider
> jargon here, but words like "evidently", which he spelled
> "evidentially". After I had carefully corrected his report, he
> demanded
> that I restore the original misspellings. I did, but I didn't like it,
> and it has rankled ever since.

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RE: I had to say it because I was afraid no one else would: From: Blount, Patricia A
RE: I had to say it because I was afraid no one else would: From: Sarah Stegall

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