RE: Address this. . .

Subject: RE: Address this. . .
From: Fred Ridder <docudoc -at- hotmail -dot- com>
To: <kevin -dot- mclauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>, <kathleen -at- writefortheuser -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 15 Mar 2010 12:34:54 -0400

I've been trying to resist getting sucked into this debate about unresolved issues, but I finally lost the battle.

> And then, I quoted two dictionaries, one widely used
> in the USofA and the other widely used in Britain,
> neither of which had even a suggestion that "address"
> means "fix".

What about definition 2b in one of the Merriam-Webster entry you cited?

"2 a : to direct the efforts or attention of (oneself) <will address himself to the problem> b : to deal with : treat <intrigued by the chance to address important issues — I. L. Horowitz>"

"To deal with" certainly suggests "to fix" in my ear. But maybe I've just got tinnitis...

-Fred Ridder


Use Doc-To-Help's XML-based editor, Microsoft Word, or HTML and
produce desktop, Web, or print deliverables. Just write (or import)
and Doc-To-Help does the rest. Free trial:

Explore CAREER options and paths related to Technical Writing,
learn to create SOFTWARE REQUIREMENTS documents, and
get tips on FUNCTIONAL SPECIFICATION best practices. Free at:

You are currently subscribed to TECHWR-L as archive -at- web -dot- techwr-l -dot- com -dot-

To unsubscribe send a blank email to
techwr-l-unsubscribe -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
or visit

To subscribe, send a blank email to techwr-l-join -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com

Send administrative questions to admin -at- techwr-l -dot- com -dot- Visit for more resources and info.

Please move off-topic discussions to the Chat list, at:


RE: Address this. . .: From: kathleen
RE: Address this. . .: From: McLauchlan, Kevin

Previous by Author: RE: First Technical Writer
Next by Author: RE: Senior vs. principal writer
Previous by Thread: Re: Address this. . .
Next by Thread: Re: Address this. . .

What this post helpful? Share it with friends and colleagues:

Sponsored Ads