Re: Flammable vs Inflammable

Subject: Re: Flammable vs Inflammable
From: "B.J. Smith" <bjsmith -at- ucar -dot- edu>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Tue, 20 Mar 2012 14:00:45 -0600

I was confused by these terms until I learned that something that is inflammable can go up in flams just as easily as something that is flammable. I prefer to conserve characters: flammable.

On 3/20/2012 1:28 PM, Cardimon, Craig wrote:

A gas station attendant once asked me the difference between inflammable and flammable.

I told him "flammable" means "can explode and kill you. Horribly."

He then wanted to know whether mysterious tanks labeled "inflammable" could not explode.

I told him they could still, indeed, blow up.

I then beat a hasty retreat.

The station subsequently was closed for years.

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Subject: Re: Uninstalling vs Removing

We were asked what was preferred. I provided both what I like and what I actually use. I prefer inflammable but write flammable.

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On 2012-03-20, at 3:20 PM, "Chris Morton"<salt -dot- morton -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:

This isn't about personal preferences, but rather about established
style guides well accepted within the technical writing community.

Granted, Sun's style guide may differ from that of M$ or Apple, just
as the *Chicago Manual of Style* and the AP style guide are sometimes
at odds. The point is to write to a known standard, rather than
letting personal preference dictate.

Chris
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Follow-Ups:

References:
Uninstalling vs Removing: From: Bruce Megan (ST-CO/ENS2.5-NA)
RE: Uninstalling vs Removing: From: Al Geist
Re: Uninstalling vs Removing: From: Peter Neilson
Re: Uninstalling vs Removing: From: Chris Morton
Re: Uninstalling vs Removing: From: Peter Sturgeon
RE: Uninstalling vs Removing: From: Cardimon, Craig

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