RE: "Select" in lieu of other verbs

Subject: RE: "Select" in lieu of other verbs
From: "Boudreaux, Madelyn (GE Healthcare, consultant)" <MadelynBoudreaux -at- ge -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2009 13:41:43 -0500

On Behalf Of Dan Goldstein

> That's correct. This battle is not worth fighting, at least not by
> I assume that *someone* at GE Healthcare approves user manuals.

Well, my job is to deal with Test Scripts -- internal documents,
different approval methods. I'm less inclined to fight over an internal
document, but still inclined to whine about them (obviously).

>If you're really getting that upset about verbs, you need to take
>a few deep breaths. *No* verb is worth losing sleep over --

I didn't actually lose sleep over it. I just didn't send the email
yesterday when I was REALLY upset. But you're right. As I noted, I'm
overwhelmed in general. Being upset over *verbs* is a symptom of that.

>well, maybe "incentivize," but just that one.

Ha! :) <-- this smiley means I am amused.

John Posada wrote:
>It's not whether it is a battle worth's
>that Select is the proper word.

But not according to the guides I keep consulting. Microsoft, as I
noted, was quite specific and negative on the matter! Which raises a
question about what to do when the style guides are wrong (in one's
opinion) or inconclusive. Oh! I know: turn to TechWhirl! (Which is why I

>It makes life easier.

It raises the cognitive load for the tester, though. And that's the
person I think life needs to be easiest for -- the tester and, of
course, the user. The question for me is, does it raise the cognitive
load enough to be a concern? You (and some others) think not. That may
be enough to salve my concerns.

It would, of course, be the easiest route for me -- spares me the fight,
better sleep, less writing on my edits. I'm a contractor on a limited
engagement, and am pining for the fjords as it is.


- Madelyn

PS: Expect the word "unclone" to spring up in the next 10-15 years. Not
from this company but from somewhere nearby. An engineer has used it,
and it will become correct eventually. Maybe I should go trademark it
now... ;) <-- this smiley means I am being playful.


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