Re: "Technical Writing Could Be a Great Encore Career"

Subject: Re: "Technical Writing Could Be a Great Encore Career"
From: "Peter Neilson" <neilson -at- windstream -dot- net>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:38:33 -0400

On Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:01:37 -0400, Andrew Warren <awarren -at- synaptics -dot- com> wrote:

Julie Stickler wrote:

Oh my word, this is either a really bad translation, or someone who
does not speak English as their first language. I couldn't get past
the bit about how "the actually sensible ones are getting their ft
moist years earlier than they really retire.".

Neither translation nor (necessarily) ESL. It's just someone else's article that was run through a thesaurus. "Getting their ft moist" was "getting their feet wet"; "actually sensible" was probably something like "really smart".

Another article on the same site, one about humor, refers to "Invoice Cosby." If you put Bill Cosby through a thesaurus and don't worry about what happens, that's the sort of thing you get. Worse, if you Google for "Invoice Cosby" you get a stinking plethora of hits, presumably ALL of them from stinking click farms.

Until today I had not realized how much a plethora could stink.
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