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Subject:Re: Thank you, Michael, for "Display" explanation From:Rose Wilcox <RWILC -at- FAST -dot- DOT -dot- STATE -dot- AZ -dot- US> Date:Mon, 21 Nov 1994 18:05:00 PST
Sorry to post this to the list, but Michael's address did not
work. I got a "user unknown" message.
I would like to thank you for explaining what was wrong with
"displays". I looked it up (suspicious by nature) and dang!
if it wasn't a transitive verb. My cube-mate, Bud the wonder writer,
also told me he did not like the word, but did not know why. And
some other techwriter-list person wrote me and warned that I
would be creamed for saying "displays". It never set off a warning
bell for me as it did for Bud nor has any other writer, editor, coworker,
or editor ever pointed it out to me. I hate my errors being
pointed out by non-writers, so I'm glad to learn of this on the techwriter-
list! I know it is used quite commonly in a lot of computer doc, but
I'll probably use "appears" in the future, although I guess the
commonality of the usage will eventually cause it to find its way
into Websters.... Anyway, I wanted to thank you because I'm
one of those folks who insists on knowing WHY? not just what...
rwilc -at- fast -dot- dot -dot- state -dot- az -dot- us
ncrowe -at- primenet -dot- com