Re: Appropriate -- so inappropriate!

Subject: Re: Appropriate -- so inappropriate!
From: Deborah Hemstreet <dvora -at- tech-challenged -dot- com>
To: Nancy Allison <maker -at- verizon -dot- net>
Date: Sat, 11 Jul 2009 10:45:52 -0400

Oh the discussions I've had about the appropriateness of certain
terminology. It is just not appropriate to say please click everywhere,
nor is it appropriate to place something appropriately, since who knows
where that appropriate place is... but I am appropriately giddy this
Saturday morning and believe it would only be appropriate to wave my
hands in the air and say to one and all...

"Have an appropriate weekend"

Please feel free to slash out all inappropriate uses of the appropriate
appropriately!

Nancy - I so identify! Have fun!

Deborah

Nancy Allison wrote:
> 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.
>
>
> --Nancy
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