RE: Terminology Question

Subject: RE: Terminology Question
From: "McLauchlan, Kevin" <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>
To: "Lippincott, Richard" <RLippincott -at- as-e -dot- com>, Peter Neilson <neilson -at- windstream -dot- net>, "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 3 Jun 2014 15:03:37 -0400

Are you implying that we can expect our outdated techpubs stuff to linger for at least another 250 years?


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From: Lippincott, Richard
Sent: June-02-14 1:28 PM
To: Peter Neilson; techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Subject: RE: Terminology Question

>The situation is not unlike the difficulty with street-name signs in Massachusetts that has perhaps been fixed but probably not.

Hasn't been fixed, but according to local legend this is an example of "it's not a bug, it's a feature."

The conventional wisdom is that the practice began during the early to mid 1770s, when the local rebels started taking down some of the street name signs in order to confuse the British Army. Local residents would know what street they were on, the Redcoats wouldn't.

So, it's a feature that has long since outlived its usefulness. Wow, good thing we never see things like that in our profession, right?

Rick Lippincott, Technical Writer
American Science and Engineering, Inc. | Office +1-978-262-8807 | Fax +1-978-262-8702 rlippincott -at- as-e -dot- com
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