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I'm Mike Pope. I live in the Seattle area. I've been a technical writer and editor for over 30 years. I'm interested in software, language, music, movies, books, motorcycles, travel, and ... well, lots of stuff.

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When you try to measure people's performance, you have to take into account how they are going to react. Inevitably, people will figure out how to get the number you want at the expense of what you are not measuring, including things you can't measure, such as morale and customer goodwill.

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First entry - 6/27/2003
Most recent entry - 12/9/2018

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  11:43 PM

Friend Dennis spotted the following headline on the website of one of our local TV stations:



I can't really improve on Dennis's comment: "I guess it's better than shooting him with bullets."

It's a great example of the ambiguity that can arise in the term with, which can function either to mark a relative-type clause or to mean "by means of":
  • Officers who shot man [who has] dementia
  • Officers who shot man [by using] dementia (haha)
Back in my editing days (ha), we policed the use of with carefully. This would be an example of why we did that.

PS "SPD" is Seattle Police Department, in case that's not clear.

PPS The headline is cooked right into the article's URL, too.

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