Appropriate -- so inappropriate!

Subject: Appropriate -- so inappropriate!
From: Nancy Allison <maker -at- verizon -dot- net>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Fri, 10 Jul 2009 14:50:26 -0500 (CDT)

I am receiving comments from a reviewer who is fond of the word "appropriate," as in

"Install the clamps on the appropriate location."

"Connect the cable to the appropriate connector."

"Follow the appropriate safety standards."

Unless we're in the middle of a passage in which a specific danger is being discussed, one in which various candidates are confusingly similar . . . the word "appropriate" is pretty much empty fill, isn't it?

We would hardly be telling our users to install the inappropriate clamp on the inappropriate location.

Do you run into this?

I am slashing away at them with my mighty pen. On a late Friday afternoon . . . it's quite enjoyable. I must thank my reviewer.


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