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OK, this is gonna seem frivolous. But hear me out. We know that language is a dynamic medium, and that a living language undergoes constant change. One source of change has always been generational: younger generations do not use the same words as their generational elders, and as a result, the language enriches itself by adding new words, phrases, and coinages, and by adding shades of meaning to existing words. The beat generation of the 50s, the hippies of the 60s, rap and hip-hop, all have made their marks on our language.

But what I'm asking about in this post is a seemingly innocuous punctuation mark, the ellipsisbold text ( … **) As a member of an older generation, I used the ellipsis in company e-mails to indicate that I hadn't made up my mind about a topic or question under discussion. As in "I Don't have an opinion right now, and I to think about it …" I used it frequently enough that it became a kind of stylistic trademark for me, a way of indicating that I was keeping an open mind.

But I learned recently that younger folks seem to have a problem with the ellipsis, that they feel threatened by people who use the ellipsis in their e-mails, and that the use of the ellipsis makes them uneasy. This seems to be particularly true when there's a difference in power between the sender and recipient of the e-mail. NPR recently had a story about a corporation where a group of younger employees actually staged an intervention to convince their superior to stop using ellipses.

So, here's my question to you all: Is this really a thing? Do any of you react to ellipses in this way?

Ellipsical Thinking? by digger_1106digger_1106, 03 Nov 2019 21:55

The course is rather unfortunately titled. The title of our textbook, Practical Strategies for Technical Communication, describes the course content more accurately. Although the emphasis is on writing, a good part of the course content involves the creation of graphics, and the use of graphics together with text to create an effective, persuasive message. Oral communication also plays a role, as we'll see during the oral presentations later this semester. But that's the nature of the game now in the 21st century. It's not only the written word anymore, if it ever truly was. Writing is part of communication, and communication is a holistic experience.

Let me start out here with a moment of clarity that came to me while working through the Job Portfolio assignment. First off, I'm not a traditional student. I'm turning 67 soon and I've been retired for about a year. I went back to school (retired people do that) to earn a certificate in Professional Writing through Ship's Continuing Education Department. In retirement, I want to build a second career as a freelance writer. For the Job Portfolio, I had to attack the problem of boiling my 23-page resume down to two pages. I ended up with five pages and got dinged by the instructor for its length. The moment of clarity arose when I realized that I couldn't simply use my old resume as a template and make it work. It had to be an entirely new product. And although there are parts of my experience that are relevant to the kind of writing jobs I'd like to apply for, I realized that I have to regard my second career as a whole new way of life and not just as an offshoot of what I used to do.

Re: My Ah-Ha! Moment by digger_1106digger_1106, 03 Nov 2019 19:05

If this is a typical English 238 class, most of you aren't English majors, and you've selected this course because you see some value towards building a skill set you can take to the career you've mapped out for yourself. Some of you will have already had an internship, a part-time job, or some volunteer experience in your chosen field. We hope you'll use this thread to start or take part in a dialogue about your career goals, and how the communication skills you're practicing in this course will contribute. Are there any specific lessons in the course that you've found particularly helpful? Anything you think needs to be added to the course, or given greater emphasis?

Every now and then we experience a moment when the lightbulb goes on, the seas part, and our view of the world changes. If you've experienced this moment of clarity while doing an assignment in this course, please share!

The Ah-Ha! Moment by digger_1106digger_1106, 31 Oct 2019 19:01

The first set of pros of Technical and Professional Writing include learning how to create documents such as cover letters and resumes that will be useful when applying for a job and throughout your career. You also get to learn other valuable skills, such as how to create graphics.

This is an advice and help thread for next semester's class. Have Fun!

If another group needs to edit the google calendar, email me (ude.pihs|0367bh#ude.pihs|0367bh) so I can share it with you!

Everything you need to know about tech writing just follow the other posts in this thread.

Us Technical and Professional Writers are here to help with your needs and questions.

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