Re: that vs who

Subject: Re: that vs who
From: "Downing, David" <david -dot- downing -at- fiserv -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 3 Apr 2009 10:18:17 -0500

From: "Gene Kim-Eng" <techwr -at- genek -dot- com>
Subject: Re: that vs who

If my audience included a lot of academics I would
be careful about my own usage and that of others, but otherwise I wouldn't get
into a fight over it with anyone.

It's also one of those discussions that should be carefully limited to people in
the profession and not carried out in the presence of outsiders, in order to
avoid adding to the already common general perception that the technical writers
get bogged down in trivialities that nobody else cares about.

Gene Kim-Eng


Ummm - I don't know about that. It seems to me that any person who ends up being referred to as "that" could get upset -- "What do you mean calling me a 'that?' What am I, chopped liver?"

David Downing
Senior Technical Writer
Credit Union Solutions


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