Cliches: physical plant (stray tendril)

Subject: Cliches: physical plant (stray tendril)
From: Steve Wax <stevewx -at- ESKIMO -dot- COM>
Date: Sun, 23 Jul 1995 08:15:52 -0700

Dick Dimock writes:
>And in the telephone business, they have

>Inside Plant The works inside buildings, the exchange
> wiring and electronics;

>Outside Plant The wires, cables, telephone poles, manholes,
> etc that are outside buildings.

>I assume bean counters would call these subdivisions of
>Physical Plant.

And then there's verboten parallelism, especially nettlesome to writers and
editors grappling with the adjectival form:

In-house existing, originating, or carried on within a group
or organization or its facilities (Webster's Ninth)

Out-house where bean counters go after cooking the books and gobbling
the beans

Typically timorous workarounds devolve like this:

First draft: "in-house and outside suppliers"
Second draft: "inside and outside suppliers"


First draft: "in-house and external suppliers"
Second draft: "internal and external suppliers"

Finally, under cover of customer review, someone sharpens a pencil and ...

Final draft: "suppliers"

for which inside and outside readers are internally and externally grateful.


steve wax stevewx -at- eskimo -dot- com
Spilling the beans in El Seattle

Previous by Author: Re: Umlaut/Diaeresis
Next by Author: Comics - when to use
Previous by Thread: ACM 1995 SIGDOC Conference
Next by Thread: Guess: amalgam

What this post helpful? Share it with friends and colleagues:

Sponsored Ads