Engineering Terminologies

1. A number of different approaches are being tried. (We don't know where we're going, but we're moving.)

2. Close project coordination. (We should have asked someone else.)

3. An extensive report is being prepared on a fresh approach to the problem. (We just hired 3 guys. We'll let them kick it around for a while.)

4. Major technological breakthrough. (Back to the drawing board.)

5. Customer satisfaction believed assured. (We're so far behind schedule that the customer is happy to get anything at all from us.)

6. Preliminary operational test were inconclusive. (The darn thing blew up when we threw the switch!)

7. The test results were extremely gratifying. (It works and boy are we surprised.)

8. The entire concept will have to be abandoned. (The only guy who understood the thing quit.)

9. It is in the process. (It is so wrapped up in red tape that the situation is almost hopeless.)

10. We will look into it. (By the time the wheel makes a full turn, we will assume you have forgotten about it.)

11. Please note and initial. (Let's spread the responsibility for this job.)

12. Give us the benefit of your thinking. (We'll listen to what you have to say as long as it doesn't interfere with what we have already done.)

13. Give us your interpretation. (Your warped opinion will be pitted against our good sense.)

14. See me, or Let's discuss. (Come down to my office, I'm lonesome.)

15. All new. (Parts not interchangeable with previous design.)

16. Rugged. (Too heavy to lift.)

17. Lightweight. (Lighter than rugged.)

18. Years of development. (Finally got one that worked.)

19. Energy saving. (Achieved when the power switch is off.)

20. No maintenance. (Impossible to fix!)