Re: Tech Doc in Ebonics

Subject: Re: Tech Doc in Ebonics
From: Stephen Victor <svictor -at- HOUSTON -dot- GEOQUEST -dot- SLB -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 9 Jan 1997 14:10:53 -0600

Laura Dent wrote:
> it's official, folks - I have just seen my first example of technical
> documentation written in Ebonics! granted it's tongue-in-cheek, strictly
> for internal use, etc., but I got a huge kick out of it ...
> a friend at another company showed me a document titled:
> "Taggin' with the Parser"
> and in the intro, "Wassup wid Dis," the author explained that the
> document was written in Ebonics for maximum comprehensibility ...

And what was the race of the person who wrote this rollicking bit of

Jeez, what's next, "The Wacky Adventures of Wong Lee Fong, Laundry Man"?
"The Tale of Isaac Mermelstein, Long Nosed Banker Jew"?

Have you even the slightest inkling of how offensive someone might find
a "tongue-in-cheek" example of "Ebonics"?
Stephen P. Victor Phone: (713) 513-2552
Technical Writer, Software Training Fax: (713) 513-2019
Schlumberger GeoQuest svictor -at- houston -dot- geoquest -dot- slb -dot- com
5599 San Felipe, Suite 1700
Houston, Texas 77056 USA

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