Non-engineers really liked this cartoon; the engineers were a little divided in their opinions. They either thought the cartoon was mocking them, or they agreed with it. Yes, said the engineers, some of the language they use might not be classified as conversational...but it is precise.
When I applied to work at ODOT, I used the fact that I could translate engineer-speak into English as a selling point. I think it was that and the fact that I already had my own orange shirt that sealed the deal.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
I mean precisely what I say
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