Friday, October 19, 2012

Mind Your Words

When you're surrounded by other engineers all day, it's easy to forget that some words have other meanings. Take "CRUD", for example. In engineering, that's shorthand for Create Retrieve Update Delete - your standard data operations. In real life, it's a derogatory term.

At several of my client sites, we use CRUD as engineers do. "Yeah, I've just implemented the CRUD operations; it's not pretty yet." "That's just a CRUD workflow? Yup!" "CRUD looks good."

When you get in front of non-technical folks, though, that exact conversation takes on a whole new tone. All of a sudden, you're a coarse, derogatory engineer. Oops!

Long story short, mind your words. Context changes meaning!

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