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For some reason today, I'm interested in reaching a consensus on the use of
the word "documentation". It parallels the term "information developer", in
that it's sometimes legitimate but kinda new-speak or managese.
for immediate example:
>similar statements in documentation and we/I may be
I had, not 5 minutes earlier, looked up the word in the dictionary because I
was about to use it when telling a user to look up some information in a
third-party manual. It seems the most legitimate use of the word
"documentation" would be in a scenario such as this:
Mr. Green: "But I just came back from a trip to Venezuela and I brought that
pottery in my luggage"
Officer Black: "It appears to be a relic and of considerable value. The
Venezuelan government would probably not part with it easily. Do you have
documentation supporting its legitimate purchase and export?"
In other words, documentation has a historical significance or it is used as
source material, but not necessarily a body of work intended to convey
context and meaning. Or something like that.
Anyway, I think I'd rather be called the Publications Department. I also
will commit myself to using Manual, Document (without the "-ation"), File,
Wow, I feel like I'm either wasting time or policing my own use of language.