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I'm Mike Pope. I live in the Seattle area. I've been a technical writer and editor for over 35 years. I'm interested in software, language, music, movies, books, motorcycles, travel, and ... well, lots of stuff.

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The fine (and gross) points of literacy—spelling, punctuation, grammar—elude the vast majority of the Internet's users. To believe that J. Random Users will suddenly and en masse learn to spell and punctuate—let alone accurately categorize their information according to whatever hierarchy they're supposed to be using—is self-delusion of the first water.

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First entry - 6/27/2003
Most recent entry - 11/30/2023

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  09:08 AM

I ran into John yesterday, who started the discussion of the Microsoft slogan from the other day, and he noted to me that his original points had been ...

... that the slogan is lame. True, and I haven't seen anyone disagree.

... that the challenge was not to write a better slogan, but to somehow take the original one and phrase it in a less awkward way. As a kind of linguistic exercise.

So I apologies to John for getting off on a tangent (although the side discussion of better slogans was, I thought, also interesting.) The floor is still open.

Update More links to complaints about this slogan:

Their slogan. His gripe.

Microsoft's slogan

Grammar snobbery

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