Re: Technical Writer or Technical Communicator

Subject: Re: Technical Writer or Technical Communicator
From: Ad absurdum per aspera <JTCHEW -at- LBL -dot- GOV>
Date: Mon, 7 Jun 1993 15:59:49 GMT

When I worked for a computer company in Atlanta, my title
was first Documentation Specialist. That's what I put down
in the appropriate blank on one of the forms from Human
Resources (which of course is the department that old-timers
would call Personnel). This was changed to Technical Writer
when they realized that the company did not in fact have a
position called Documentation Specialist. The work, pay,
and environment remained the same.

When my first business trip came up, I called a local
enterprise known as Critter Sitters to take care of the
cat. The critter sitter told me that she was studying to
be a programmer, and asked what I did.

"I write computer manuals," I proudly explained to the
young lady who came to clean out the catbox.

"Oooh, YUCK!", she replied.

Now I just tell people I work at the lab; it saves a lot
of humiliation.

"The pallid pimp of the dead-line/The enervate of the pen" -Robert Service

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