Need a Word!

Discussion in 'Linguistics' started by BenTheMan, Oct 19, 2009.

  1. mike47 Banned Banned

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    Why retards ?.
    Not all people were born with the same degree of talents .
    Some are good at science, others at arts; some at sports others at politics.....etc. A retard is NOT his or her fault to be retard to start with because it is a sickness and surely people do not create their own sicknesses ........

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  3. (Q) Encephaloid Martini Valued Senior Member

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    I am very good at relating technical concepts to people without a technical background. That makes me a communicator.
     
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  5. Fraggle Rocker Staff Member

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    I have the same ability, but as you all know concision is not a high priority for me, so I've never tried to condense it into a single word.

    I think perhaps "interpreter" comes close, if the context is favorable to understanding it.
    I stopped making fun of people who are not technically proficient several decades ago. They generally have some other skill that qualifies them for their own job, and it's usually one that I don't have. If everybody had the same skillset there would be a whole lot of important jobs going undone.

    For the last few years I've been a technical writer, and the reason I get work (not to mention good pay for it) is that most of the techies you idolize can't put a grammatically correct sentence together.
     
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  7. MacGyver1968 Fixin' Shit that Ain't Broke Valued Senior Member

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    The "full retard" bit was just play on the term used in the movie "Tropic Thunder". Sorry if that came off derogatory. I fully realize that not everyone is as technically gifted as I am. If they were...I'd be out of a job.

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    I really hate condescending tech support people on the phone, i have to deal with them all the time. That's why I created a motto for my Tech support dept. "Bringing back old fashioned service". It's kinda hokey, but it works. I try to be understanding, and reassure the customer using easy, simple to understand terms. Empathy goes a long way, and people can detect fake empathy. I'm not trying to brag (yes you are) but...I have a 99% customer satisfaction, by a recent poll done by customer service. I'm very proud of that. I love it when (like Joe Walsh says) ..they write me letters...tell me I'm great.

    Honestly, I'd rather talk to someone who admits not having much technical knowledge, as they generally listen to what I have to say, and follow my instructions. The worst is talking to someone who thinks they know something, but really doesn't. They can be real jerks.
     
  8. christa Frankly, I don't give a dam! Valued Senior Member

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    i am sure that alot of your calls are also the ones that you say to yourself "OMFG!! THIS IS A COMMON SINCE PROBLEM TO FIX!!"
     
  9. NMSquirrel OCD ADHD THC IMO UR12 Valued Senior Member

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    what about the ones who think they know something and it turns out they do?..

    most tech ppl i deal with on the phone are reading from a script or out of a book and don't have a clue when it comes to something not in the book(my probs are never standard...as i can usually figure it out for myself, )
     
  10. christa Frankly, I don't give a dam! Valued Senior Member

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    LIES!!!! ALLLLLLLLLLL LIES!!!!!!!!

    YOU make ME call people when things go wrong!! ME!!!!! and if you could figure problems out yourself mr.. then why can't you fix your phone so you can hear people, and that noise leaves the ear piece!! HUH!!

    i told you i am calling you out on ur bluff! dont lie!!! pissh... I have to deal with the idiots most the time... and yes, I am mostly refuring to the verizon idiots.... lol
     
  11. NMSquirrel OCD ADHD THC IMO UR12 Valued Senior Member

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    why do you think i get you to call...cause i don't wanna deal with them anymore....and cell phone techs aren't really techs if it need fixed they say send it in and we will get you a new one...
     
  12. christa Frankly, I don't give a dam! Valued Senior Member

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    anymore? as long as I can remember I have been the one calling!! you just sit there and go waa this is broken.. lol!
     
  13. Fraggle Rocker Staff Member

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    I'm sure you've heard the support person say to one of his buddies, "This is another ID ten-T error. Six in one day."

    That's I D 1 0 T .
     
  14. one_raven God is a Chinese Whisper Valued Senior Member

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    I really don't think there is a better word than pedagogue - though it does imply that you are condescending to those you teach.
    Does it have to be a noun?
    You are articulate, perhaps?

    Here, try This and combine it with This.
    That's what I do when I can't find the right word.
     
  15. kira Valued Senior Member

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    From his OP:

    I am guessing that he needs the term to be used in some kind of job application letter, so that the term should be brief and has positive connotation.
     
  16. one_raven God is a Chinese Whisper Valued Senior Member

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    That was my guess as well.
    That's why I wondered if he could rephrase to use an adjective, like articulate, instead.
     
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  17. kira Valued Senior Member

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    I agree. Also, if it is for some kind of cover letter (or recommendation letter and the likes), I think it's best to avoid sophisticated terms so that it will not create confusion or worse, error. This:

    I say is clear and effective.
     
  18. TSchmee Registered Senior Member

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    "Preceptor" may work. It's got medical connotations, but it still seems to fit the bill.
     
  19. S.A.M. uniquely dreadful Valued Senior Member

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    If you're so good at making tech speak accessible to the plebs, why are we the ones who have to provide you with a word that describes it? :bugeye:
     
  20. one_raven God is a Chinese Whisper Valued Senior Member

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    :bravo:
     
  21. Fraggle Rocker Staff Member

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    No it's not. It's clear and effective but those aren't the only measures of good communication. It's clumsy. The word "technical" is used three times in one sentence. He could probably get away with it in speech, but if he's applying for a job that requires good communication skills, that sentence is a resume-killer.

    I'm not sure there is a good one-word term for this ability, because the verb needs a direct object for clarity and possibly also an indirect object. You could say you're a skilled interpreter of technical jargon (or information or material) for laymen (or end users or managers), or that you're good at elucidating technical issues (or information or material) for laymen (or end users or managers). I would avoid using the ten-dollar word "elucidator," even though my spell checker accepted it. Five dollars for "elucidate" is enough.

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  22. Randwolf Ignorance killed the cat Valued Senior Member

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    Maybe you and christa try to get each other to call because you want to talk to each other?

    Stupid idea, I know....

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  23. Randwolf Ignorance killed the cat Valued Senior Member

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    Although it is really two words:
    Technical writer
    Technical writing

    Abbreviated as: Tech writer

    This is an actual, true job, or job description, common in the US, and conveys precisely what Ben is seeking. (Look it up, last thing I thought I would ever say to Fraggle Rocker!

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    ) I mean precisely! What is wrong with this description? Because it is not a single word? Tech-writer is quickly becoming one word, all that is left is to drop the hyphen.

    Maybe my previous post got lost in the fog...

    Let me know, lest I become ever more sure of my loss of accurate cognition...
     

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