RE: Are these words being used?

Subject: RE: Are these words being used?
From: "Brierley, Sean" <Sean -at- Quodata -dot- Com>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 5 Nov 1999 14:56:04 -0500


What industry are you in? Can you get verification of the terms shippability
and orderability? Perhaps, indeed, these terms are industry-specific . . . I
have certainly never seen those words used. What does orderability mean? An
item is in stock, the order-taking guy did/didn't call in sick, the phones
work? Shippability . . . never mind.

I encountered an industry-specific word in my second tech writing job (my
first out of school): singulate. I used it, but I was too new and weak to
oppose anyone . . ..

All the best.

sean -at- quodata -dot- com

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Mary Reinhardt [SMTP:mbreinha -at- us -dot- oracle -dot- com]
> Sent: Friday, November 05, 1999 10:55 AM
> Subject: Re: Are these words being used?
> Yuck!
> Well, first of all, I personally don't recognize these words as belonging
> to the
> English language which I communicate with, but I can't find a true
> grammatical
> rule (without doing some serious digging) to prove them ungrammatical.
> My argument would have to stem from the concern of clarity.
If the terms are industry standards, then they would be clear.

> Bob Morrisette wrote:
> > A SME wants me to use these words. He says that they are
> > commonly used. What do you think?
> >
> > orderability shippability
> >
> > Bob Morrisette

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