Phrasing Question

Subject: Phrasing Question
From: Charles Fisher <charles -at- DATATEL -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 28 Feb 1995 10:46:51 -0500

Fellow tech-whirlers -

I have a question about phrasing that I need some help with.
I am putting together a content plan for a procedural manual
that documents a module of our software. The module lets you
maintain demographic information for individuals and corporations
throughout the other modules in the system.

We have the capability to record a death for a person, but
unfortunately some users may "kill" a person by mistake. Not
to worry, however, because we also have the capability to
bring them back to life if they're mistakenly killed off.

Therein lies my problem. What do I call this "ressurection"
procedure? We've unofficially called it "undeceasing" in house,
but unfortunately that's not a real word. And other synonyms
(revive, etc.) don't sound right.

I'm inclined to move away from the actual "reviving" verbs and refer to
this procedure as a record-keeping task. I mean, we're really not
killing some one or bringing them back to life with a simple
click of a button, we're just recording the fact that someone died
(or, in this case, correcting a mistake). I'm calling the kill-off
procedure "Recording a death."

So far, my titles for the ressurection procedure are along the lines
of "Correcting an accidentally recorded death" or "Correcting a
record coded as deceased." Those are closer to what I want, but I want
to be clear that the act of recording the death was a mistake (and this
procedure will fix it), as opposed to the death itself being a

Your challenge (if you choose to accept it) is to come up with a
short (ten words or less?) title for this procedure that describes
what it does. Comments? Suggestions? Ideas?

TIA - Charles

"There's not much to be said about the period
except that most writers don't reach it soon enough."
- William Zinsser
Charles Fisher
President, STC Washington DC Chapter

Senior Documentation Specialist
Datatel, Inc. (703) 968-4588 (voice)
4375 Fair Lakes Court (703) 968-4625 (FAX)
Fairfax, VA 22033 charles -at- datatel -dot- com

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