Re: A little respect for "unvalidated"

Subject: Re: A little respect for "unvalidated"
From: "Gene Kim-Eng" <techwr -at- genek -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 22 Sep 2009 11:44:16 -0700

I've never "invented" a word in over 30 years as an engineer or a writer. I use
the terminology that is already the standard in an industry when I get there.
And the documents for most things I've written about would not be "appropriate"
reading for anyone outside of their specialized fields.

Gene Kim- Eng


----- Original Message -----
From: "Robert Lauriston" <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com>


Generally, in formal writing, you should not invent words, even if you
are sure that the meaning would be clear. "Neologisms, or invented
words, are to be used carefully and self-consciously. Usually they
demand an explanation, since the English language is already well
stocked."--Garner, "A Dictionary of Modern American Usage"

If "unvalidated" is used to mean "not validated," it might not confuse
anyone, but outside of the specialized fields where it's ubiquitous
jargon, it's inappropriate.


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References:
A little respect for "unvalidated": From: Dan Goldstein
RE: A little respect for "unvalidated": From: Combs, Richard
RE: A little respect for "unvalidated": From: Handy, David
RE: A little respect for "unvalidated": From: Dan Goldstein
Re: A little respect for "unvalidated": From: Robert Lauriston
RE: A little respect for "unvalidated": From: McLauchlan, Kevin
Re: A little respect for "unvalidated": From: Robert Lauriston
RE: A little respect for "unvalidated": From: McLauchlan, Kevin
Re: A little respect for "unvalidated": From: Robert Lauriston

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