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betajet
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The World's Second-Oldest Profession
betajet   1/27/2017 1:13:13 PM
My favorite engineering T-shirt available today:



My all-time favorite is one a friend wore back in 1980.  It featured a cave-man carving a wheel in the foreground being distracted by a shapely, scantily-clad cave-woman in the background.  It read: "Engineering: the world's second-oldest profession".

 

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Clive"Max"Maxfield   1/27/2017 1:26:22 PM
@betajet: My favorite engineering T-shirt available today...

I do like that one. One I got a while back is shown below. I've never actually worn it, but now I've remembered that it's in the closet somewhere, I'll root it out (on the off-chance I ever find myself at the gym).



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Clive"Max"Maxfield   1/27/2017 1:27:32 PM
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@betajet: ...featured a cave-man carving a wheel in the foreground being distracted by...

That sounds like my ancestor, Ugg Maxfield

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Problem solver
walter_wpg   1/27/2017 1:53:10 PM
"I'm an Engineer --- Solving problems you didn't know you had, in ways you can't understand"

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Clive"Max"Maxfield   1/27/2017 5:36:11 PM
@Walter: "I'm an Engineer --- Solving problems you didn't know you had, in ways you can't understand"

I like this -- it reminds me of another that tickles my fancy: Engineer's Moto: If it isn't broken, take it apart and fix it.

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The classic battle
n1ist   1/27/2017 1:54:25 PM


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Re: The classic battle
perl_geek   1/27/2017 2:45:44 PM
That inspires a thought. Elon Musk's government-subsidy magnets (aka electric vehicles) use DC motors. Shouldn't they be called Edisons, rather than Teslas? 

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M.C. Escher
antedeluvian   1/27/2017 1:33:53 PM
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Although not strictly speaking engineering, it does have engineering connotations- my favorite T shirt has a picture of M.C. Escher's "Drawing Hands"

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Clive"Max"Maxfield   1/27/2017 5:30:35 PM
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@Antedeluvian: ...my favorite T shirt has a picture of M.C. Escher's "Drawing Hands"...

I love Escher -- I have a number of books showing his work back in my office -- the underlying math he used in some of his pieces was incredibly clever.

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Re: M.C. Escher
betajet   1/28/2017 12:15:59 AM
From a recent New Yorker:



"Escher!  Get your ass up here!"

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Re: M.C. Escher
Clive"Max"Maxfield   1/30/2017 3:52:25 PM
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@betajet: "Escher!  Get your ass up here!"

Good one!


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Does software count?
jimwilliams57   1/27/2017 1:37:57 PM
As a software "engineer" (my job title contains the word engineer, but my degree does not. And I'm not a PE either.) my favorite is "There are 10 types of people: those that understand binary and those that don't."

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Re: Does software count?
Clive"Max"Maxfield   1/27/2017 5:32:15 PM
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@jim: ...my favorite is "There are 10 types of people: those that understand binary and those that don't."

My wife doesn't get it, no matter how many number bases I explain it in (perhaps I should try explaining it in a medium other than mime LOL)

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Re: Does software count?
abraxalito   1/28/2017 12:37:31 AM
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My version of that goes - '...there are 10 types of people, there's one who understands binary and there are another 9 who don't.'

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Re: Does software count?
sixscrews   1/28/2017 4:02:54 PM
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Of course software counts.

Well, I think there is some software that can count - randomly.

I have a few shirts of my own:

RTFM

Have you tried turning it off and back on again?

and the old SQL chestnut:

> select from * users where clue > 0

> 0 rows returned

And the well-known one with Maxwell's equations on it bracketed by

'And God said:......And there was light'  

But I would like to have this one (which I haven't seen yet):

Engineer: a person whose education has made them illiterate.

The above is an observation from a nearly 40 year career that inevitably involved re-writing reports that passed through my hands.  

Thank goodness I'm retired now and just have to deal with my own riting.

ss/wb

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Re: Does software count?
Clive"Max"Maxfield   1/30/2017 3:57:06 PM
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@6screws: ...select from * users where clue > 0

I love it


I also like the "Have you tried turning it off and back on again?"

 

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Re: Does software count?
Clive"Max"Maxfield   1/30/2017 3:54:42 PM
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@abraxalito: ...there are 10 types of people, there's one who understands binary and there are another 9 who don't."

THAT is what I want on my T-Shirt! :-)

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Re: Does software count?
Duane Benson   1/30/2017 6:42:55 PM
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My version goes: There are 10 types of people. Those who understand binary, those who understand Gray code, (sometimes I add in: those who understand that computers start counting at zero) and those who don't.

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Re: Does software count?
Clive"Max"Maxfield   1/31/2017 12:38:53 PM
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@Duane: My version goes: There are 10 types of people. Those who understand binary, those who understand Gray code, those who understand that computers start counting at zero, and those who don't.

That's a heck of a long logo to fit on a T-Shirt -- I'd have to start working out in a night shirt!!!

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Re: Does software count?
perl_geek   1/31/2017 2:41:25 PM
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That would have to be "100 types", unless you're using base-4.

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Come on analog guys
atyner   1/27/2017 2:49:06 PM
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My favorite T-Shirt worn by a guy I work with, has a schematic of an OPAMP on the front. On tthe back it says, "Sorry, I only give negative feedback". Hillarious.

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Clive"Max"Maxfield   1/27/2017 5:53:00 PM
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@atyner: ..."Sorry, I only give negative feedback". Hillarious.

So what T-Shirt do you wear to fight back?

 

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Smelly filthy T-Shirts
EELoser   1/27/2017 4:58:40 PM
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Most engineers are out of touch and don't bother to wear fresh clean T-shirts.  They are too involved in work, unwilling to look at the bigger picture and are oblivious to the finer things in life, like hygene.  

 

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Clive"Max"Maxfield   1/27/2017 5:44:44 PM
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@EELoser: Most engineers are out of touch and don't bother to wear fresh clean T-shirts...

There you are!!! I've been missing your merry quips and light-hearted verbal japes. What have you been up to?

...too involved in work [...] oblivious to the finer things in life, like hygene...

Oh dear -- that doesn't sound good -- you should take a hot bath and try to get out and meet people 

 

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Re: Smelly filthy T-Shirts
betajet   1/28/2017 12:23:08 AM
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EELoser wrote: Most engineers are out of touch and don't bother to wear fresh clean T-shirts.

Here's an old mathematics trick: Get two shirts and when one gets dirtier, switch to the cleaner one.  That way you're always wearing a "relatively clean" shirt.

I recently saw someone wearing a grubby T-shirt with the inscription: "Same shirt, different day."

 

 

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Re: Smelly filthy T-Shirts
Jimelectr   1/30/2017 12:50:13 AM
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Some years ago, a passive components manufacturer, I think it was Murata, had an ad listing how long one of their engineers could go before changing various items of his or her clothing.  The implication was that they were so into their work (or were forced by their slave-driving managers, more likely) that they would just keep working for days on end, to the benefit of their customers.  It occurred to me that this ad campaign may have been successful (dubious) at attracting customers but was probably a disaster for recruiting new engineers!  Who the heck wants to work at a company that treats its employees like that?!

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Clive"Max"Maxfield   1/30/2017 3:53:28 PM
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@betajet: ...That way you're always wearing a "relatively clean" shirt...

Everything is relative (especially my Auntie Barbara)

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My favorite isn't for sale
TonyTib   1/27/2017 5:06:23 PM
since it was part of a very limited run, but I still love it, and I think some of the responses (like BOB) should give magnificient inspiration:

Nuke T-Shirt Back

Nuke T-Shirt Front

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Re: My favorite isn't for sale
Clive"Max"Maxfield   1/27/2017 5:55:08 PM
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@TonyTib: ...some of the responses (like BOB) should give magnificient inspiration...

Hmmm -- maybe we should collectively design our own EETimes T-Shirt along these lines...

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jreuter809   1/27/2017 5:37:56 PM
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I'd like to see one with just the caption "Engineer" below a dial that goes up to 11.

 

 

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Clive"Max"Maxfield   1/27/2017 5:51:41 PM
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@jreuter: I'd like to see one with just the caption "Engineer" below a dial that goes up to 11.

Nice one -- I wish there was somewhere you coudl go (online) to describe an idea like this and get a 1-off shirt for say $10 -- but all the custom places I've found are aroudn $30 and up -- some have minimum orders of 3 shirts -- hmmm

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unknown male model
Jimelectr   1/30/2017 12:43:27 AM
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Well, I must say, Max, that that unknown male model in the picture looks rather fit, as if you, I mean, he, had been working out at the gym lately, even at say, 5:30 in the morning!

My favorite t-shirt had the computer problem solving flow chart on it and was given to me in exchange for a long-sleeved shirt.  It seems one of my former colleagues was always too cold and as I am nearly always too hot, we swapped short- and long-sleeved shirts one day.  The computer problem solving short-sleeved shirt had a flow chart on it with decision diamonds such as "Did you f* with it?", "Can you blame somebody else?" etc.  Eventually it led to the "No problem" block.  Alas, I was forced (by my wife) to discard said shirt years ago when the holes in it became so large that it was difficult to tell which ones to put one's arms and head through!  How I miss that old air-conditioned shirt!

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Clive"Max"Maxfield   1/30/2017 3:59:03 PM
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@Jimelectr: ...as if he had been working out at the gym lately, even at say, 5:30 in the morning!

But what sort of idiot would do that? LOL

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antedeluvian   1/30/2017 6:30:20 PM
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Max

"But what sort of idiot would do that? LOL "

Watch who you are calling an idiot! I am there 2-3 times a week at 5:30am.

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dt_hayden   1/30/2017 10:43:40 AM
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Not engineering related but a funny shirt I have seen was a very very large man wearing a tight t-shirt with the words: Anerexia Nervosa Survivor.

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T-Shirt
BrainiacV   1/30/2017 11:34:52 AM
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I retired my T-shirt to a display in my office.



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Engineering T-Shirts
Uli@MICMUC   1/30/2017 11:44:22 AM
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Best engieering T shirt I ever saw was gift by Philips. A black t shirt with the wellknown "Philips FBuK TV Pattern". It was worn by a real good locking, young and female Turkish TV engineer. Nicest distortions of the "FBuK grid pattern" I ever saw!!

For period of time we had a corporate T-shirt with a funny print. It showed basically a Lady and  - when the T-shirt was worn -two hands which fumbled somehow around the breast's nibbles. As the - by the way really nice - design was a nitty bit erotic - our secretary ordered a "ladies only version" with the pattern on the back.

Funny this version developed into a something nobody wanted as all women in the office insisted on getting the men's version. Comment: these you guys can use when washing the car or lawn moving.. " So this version was sitting in the stock.

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Shirts
CWrobel0   1/30/2017 12:40:50 PM
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I like odd Polo shorts I can wear in a (semi-) professional Environment.  Startwars, are good.  I also have a "Skynet Iside" (intel) logoe shirt.  Trying to think of my next one!

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Clive"Max"Maxfield   1/31/2017 12:36:37 PM
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@CWobe: I like odd Polo shorts...

Say no more LOL

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Two of mine
Duane Benson   1/30/2017 5:23:17 PM
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Here are two of my favorites (Some disclosure here - these are both shirts I made for my company)



 

 

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ISO OSI 9-layer Stack
Elephant Pete   1/31/2017 11:41:42 AM
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It should have been a T-Shirt
BrainiacV   1/31/2017 3:02:39 PM
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One of my favorite business cards I was given said,

If it works, it's a FLUKE

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Kevin Neilson   1/31/2017 8:06:35 PM
At a concert I passed a guy with a black T-shirt with nothing on the front but a definite integral.  I didn't understand it until a minute later after I'd evaluated it.  I won't post it because it's in poor taste and this is a classy website.

I've also seen one with Maxwell's equations.  (Picture below.)

I'm not sure I like the one pictured in the article.  It perpetuates the notion that engineers can't write.  I'm pretty sure that people who are smarter in math are, on average, smarter in everything.



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Clive"Max"Maxfield   2/1/2017 3:28:15 PM
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@Kevin: ...It perpetuates the notion that engineers can't write...

To be fair, a lot of them can't -- you should see some of the stuff that comes my way -- article submissions that confuse its and it's and your and you're and use apostrophes to indicate plurals like "...take the FPGA's and..."

I love engineers (I R 1), but writing often is not the number #1 item in their skill set (bless their little cotton socks)

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Jimelectr   2/2/2017 12:20:25 AM
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Darn it, Max, now you've gone and burst my bubble!  And after I just paid you a compliment on your "unknown male model" photo!  I thought for sure "FPGA's" was correct, but wouldn't you know it, a Microsemi ad on this very page says, "See what a difference Microsemi FPGAs can make to....", adding weight to your argument!  Isn't the rule that plurals of acronyms (like the TLAs [three-letter acronyms or even better, Tektronix Logic Analyzers!] I'm so fond of) have an apostrophe between themselves and the "s"?  Or is that rule just for single letters, such as "a's" or "A's"?  Now you've got me all in a grammatical tizzy!  TIA (Thanks In Advance in this case, not TransImpedance Amplifier or Time Interval Analyzer, as geekily cool as those two TLAs are) for sorting out this conundrum.  See, I'm trying to follow my newly learned rule...

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Max The Magnificent   2/2/2017 10:57:53 AM
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@#Jimelectr: Darn it, Max, now you've gone and burst my bubble!

I'm sorry (said Max, humbly)

I would totally recommend Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss -- this is a thin, interesting, amusing, and fun guide to punctuation (like where she says things like "don't use commas like a stupid person").

As part of this book, Lynne notes that the apostrophy is one of the most overloaded punctuation marks (think "overloaded operators" in a programming language).

One thing it's used for is to indicate missing letters, like Fish 'n' Chips instead of Fish and Chips, or like me writing about My little bro' instead of My little brother.

Plurals is a huge topic. The simplest form is to add an 's', so the singular dog becomes the pulural dogs, and the singular boy becomes the plural boys. The problem with English is that we have many words from different roots/languages, so words like children is inherently plural (there's no need to say childrens).

But like I say, plurals is a huge topic. Take the word Octopus, for example. The standard English plural is Octopuses, but since this word came to us from the Greek it is technically more correct to say Octopodes (we would never say Octopi, because this would be formed from the rules for Latin plurals).

By comparison, the word Hippopotamus (originally Greek for River Horse) came to us from both the Greek and the Latin, to it is appropriate to use either Hippopotamuses or Hippopotami.

Returning to your question, to th ebes tof my knowledge you never use an apostrophy to indicate a plural, irrespective of whether its a real word or a TLA or whatever. You do, however, use it to indicate a posessive, for example the dog's ball, meaning a single ball belonging to a single dog, versus the dogs balls, meaning multiple balls belonging to a single dog, versus the dogs' ball, meaning a single ball belonging to a multiple dogs, versus the dogs' balls, meaning multiple balls belonging to a multiple dogs.

In the case of letters like 'a' -- if you wish to create a plural -- this is a pain. If you write as then it looks like the word as. In such a case, instead I might be tempted to use quites around both sides of the letter like the nonsense word "aaaaaa" involves six 'a's in a row; but I'd be more tempted to reword it into something like the nonsense word "aaaaaa" involves six copies of the letter 'a' in a row or the nonsense word "aaaaaa" involves six 'a' letters in a row.

Returning to FPGA, you might say something like We have six FPGAs on this board (meaning plural FPGAs), as opposed to All of the FPGA's outputs should be triven to a logic 0 (meaning the outputs belonging to the FPGA).

I hope this helps a bit -- one of my background hobby projects is to write a book on grammar and punctuation targeted toward engineers (that is, we only cover the interesting stuff that anyone really cares about, not the boring stuff that is of interest only to dweebs and drongos) -- do you think you'd be interested in such a book?

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B (apostrophe) K (no 'postrophe) L-Y-N
betajet   2/3/2017 1:47:03 PM
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One of my peeves -- a "foster peeve" rather than a "pet peeve" -- is omission of initial 'postrophes.  For example, one reason I never get a 'flu shot is that they leave off the initial apostrophe ('flu = short for influenza).  Now after 50 years or so you can drop the initial apostrophe (so I'm being silly about 'flu), but for 50 years or so you should leave it there so that readers can tell you left something out.  So a "weblog" should be a 'blog and not a blog.  I may be the only person on the planet who cares about this.

The other reason I never get a 'flu shot is I'm still waiting for an anti-flu shot :-)

Speaking of dogs' balls, here's a favorite classified ad courtesy of Michael Feldman:
Lost dog: Missing an ear, blind in one eye, walks on three legs, recently emasculated.  Answers to "Lucky".


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Max The Magnificent   2/6/2017 12:50:35 PM
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@betajet: One of my peeves -- a "foster peeve" rather than a "pet peeve" -- is omission of initial 'postrophes...

You should become a member of the Apostrophe Protection Society

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betajet   2/7/2017 11:58:55 AM
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Thanks for the link!  I followed it and tried to look at the forum but The Chairman had deleted it.  I bet there were some wonderfully snarky comments in there :-)

My introduction to the 'postrophe problem was when I picked up a used copy of Kipling's The Phantom 'Rickshaw and Other Tales, a wonderful collection of eerie tales.  It was the first time I'd seen rickshaw with an initial 'postrophe so I "looked that up in my Funk & Wagnells" (I have an old edition that belonged to my grandmother) and found that rickshaw is from the Japanese word jinrikisha which means "human-powered transport".

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elizabethsimon   2/2/2017 11:10:31 AM
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@ Max

To be really fair, a lot of non-engineers can't write either....

There are examples of bad grammer and spelling all over the internet. Speaking of which, having a spell checker on EETimes would be extremely useful. Maybe you need to send T-shirts similar to the one in your article to the powers that be.

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Max The Magnificent   2/2/2017 3:06:00 PM
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@Elizabeth: To be really fair, a lot of non-engineers can't write either....

But being non-engineers, they really don't count (some of them can't count LOL).

Of course, everyone has their role to play -- if it weren't for the non-engineers, who would we have to look upon us and our creations in awe and wonder?

The fact that so many non-engineers are functionally illiterate -- or worse, politicians -- is sad, but what can you do?

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A Night in a Warehouse
betajet   2/3/2017 11:54:18 AM
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Elizabeth wrote: Speaking of which, having a spell checker on EETimes would be extremely useful.

Yeah, it might catch words like "grammar" (sorry, couldn't resist! :-)

My favorite misspelling is a reserved parking sign in the West Point faculty parking lot that reads: "Professer of English" [sic].  I don't know if it's still there.

My favorite quote about spelling is by Mark Twain (from memory):  "Good spelling is important.  I knew a man who spent a night in a Warehouse because he couldn't spell."

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elizabethsimon   2/3/2017 1:12:08 PM
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@Betajet

I've always been spelling challenged LOL.  I can often tell when something is misspelled but I can't always correct it. Of course, my fumble fingered typing doesn't help.

 

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Max The Magnificent   2/3/2017 2:48:06 PM
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@betajet: ...My favorite quote about spelling is by Mark Twain (from memory):  "Good spelling is important.  I knew a man who spent a night in a Warehouse because he couldn't spell."

Good one -- I'll have to remember that :-)

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Spell checkers
perl_geek   2/3/2017 1:58:15 PM
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@elizabethsimon: "Spell checkers" are QA devices for wizards.

The orthographically-challenged need "spelling checkers" :-)*

 

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Kevin Neilson   2/2/2017 7:31:03 PM
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I know many engineers can't write well, but I think most people can't write well.  I find frequent solecisms in every newspaper except the most elite, and those are written by people with degrees in journalism.  Newcasters can't conjugate "to lie" or use the past perfect properly.  I speculate that engineers probably have above-average grammar and spelling.  I admit that the spelling and grammar in IEEE papers is abominable, but that's probably because many authors don't speak English well and the IEEE does not bother to edit.

I would think that since spelling and grammar is based on memorization and algorithms, engineers would do better in these areas.  Many of the rules are arbitrary, but that's true of many things in engineering as well.

I don't know why the apostrophe in plurals is so prevalent.  Using one in initialisms like "FPGAs" is much less of a sin than what I often see.  Just today I saw a sign advertising "Manicure's and Pedicure's".

 

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antedeluvian   2/3/2017 3:11:22 PM
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A lifetime ago, when the South African police still pretended to care about petty crime, I went into a police station to report that someone had slashed one of my tyres. The police officer started to take my statement: my name, my address, my profession- and then he paused and seemed to scratch around on the paper. He looked up at me and in a very thick South African accent asked: "How do you spell engineer?". So I started "E-N-G-I-N" ... "Ag, no", he interjected, "in Afrikaans!"

 

("ag" is pronounced "ach", but that hasn't much to do with the story)

 

Maybe you have to have been to South Africa to find it funny, but I still dine out on it.

 

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Max The Magnificent   2/6/2017 12:44:49 PM
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@Antedeluvian: ...Maybe you have to have been to South Africa to find it funny, but I still dine out on it...

The late, great Gary Smith (RIP) once told me a story about some junior assistant from a print publication who called him up and told him she was fact-checking an article -- one of the things she wanted to confirm was the spelling of "E-D-A" LOL

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