RE: cross section vs cross-sectional - what about cross sectionedandcross sectioning

Subject: RE: cross section vs cross-sectional - what about cross sectionedandcross sectioning
From: "Combs, Richard" <richard -dot- combs -at- Polycom -dot- com>
To: "McLauchlan, Kevin" <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>, "Robert Lauriston" <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 23 Dec 2009 15:32:57 -0700

McLauchlan, Kevin wrote:

> > There have been a few changes since the 70s, though. :-o
>
> Stop picking on us old farts, you brute!

Hah! Care to wager on which of us is older and fartier? ;-)

> I wonder how many of us on this list are writing for audiences that
> include substantial numbers who don't use computers.
>
> Or... are there many computer users left who don't use Google?
>
> Or... d'ye think y'd need more than the fingers of two hands to
enumerate
> the writers who DON'T use computers for their writing these days?
And
> then see my previous question...

Ah, but a Google search doesn't find the writings of people who use
computers or people who use Google. It finds the writings of people
whose words somehow ended up on the internet -- bloggers, forum posters,
reporters, opinion columnists, narcissists, people selling something,
authors of books in the public domain, ...

There is a very small overlap between the people whose writings are on
the internet and the audience for which I'm writing, and determining
whether a word is widely used by the former is not a sure-fire way to
determine whether it's understood and accepted by the latter.

OTOH, since I almost never meet any of the latter, I tend to rely on
instinct, online dictionaries, and tea leaves. :-}

Merry Christmas from snowy Denver!


Richard G. Combs
Senior Technical Writer
Polycom, Inc.
richardDOTcombs AT polycomDOTcom
303-223-5111
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303-777-0436
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