TechWhirl (TECHWR-L) is a resource for technical writing and technical communications professionals of all experience levels and in all industries to share their experiences and acquire information.
For two decades, technical communicators have turned to TechWhirl to ask and answer questions about the always-changing world of technical communications, such as tools, skills, career paths, methodologies, and emerging industries. The TechWhirl Archives and magazine, created for, by and about technical writers, offer a wealth of knowledge to everyone with an interest in any aspect of technical communications.
Folks from other cultures who have studied English may interpret "on the
fly" as on the zippered frontal area of a gentleman's trousers.
This is the problem with using non-standard English in TW; we may have a
large multicultural audience in the USA as well as internationally.
To: Multiple recipients of list TECHWR-L
Subject: Re: cliches
Date: Monday, July 17, 1995 10:58AM
So, what do you say instead of "on the fly?" Maybe it's a cliche, but does
do it's job? Does the reader understand what you mean?
rjacobse -at- gps -dot- com
[insert clever disclaimer here]
Tammy Hale wrote:
As an editor, I've come across incredibly annoying
cliches. I can't use them in my seminar because the writers of those cliches
will be in the audience. One of the worst ones was "When you're creating a
popmenu *on the fly..*" Yuck!
Anybody else cursed with a visually literal imagination? I immediately got
mental image of someone positioning a mouse cursor over the tail end of a
dipteran. One firm press of the button yields a 5-item command menu. Angry
buzzing in the background.
- view sig with monospaced font & 60char screen window -
Kat Nagel LIFE1 (techwriting) katnagel -at- eznet -dot- net
MasterWork LIFE2 (music) PlaynSong -at- aol -dot- com
/| SEEN ON THE 'NET (quoted w/o attribution):
=(___)= "If you are not part of the solution,
U you are part of the precipitate"