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

Subject: Re: "Technical Writing Could Be a Great Encore Career"
From: "Elisa R. Sawyer" <elisawyer -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 25 Mar 2015 14:46:23 -0700

Hmm, if there is not yet a "worst thesaurus blooper" site somewhere, there
should be.

On Wed, Mar 25, 2015 at 1:38 PM, Peter Neilson <neilson -at- windstream -dot- net>
wrote:

> 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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