Style and Grammar

Plain Language in the Sciences

Science (and engineering) is often considered a highly exclusive domain, with participation requiring significant education and practical experience. One of the ways that science and engineering maintains its exclusivity is through its highly specialized language and rhetorical conventions. For example, the scientific paper has traditionally had a gatekeeping …

Finding your Voice and Verbs in Engineering

In her paper “‘Here We Show’: Teaching Engineering Students to Reason with an Audience,” to be delivered at ProComm 2020, Dr. Suzanne Lane argues that learning to use first-person discourse alongside with active voice is an important step in becoming an engineer. 

Although the use of …

Cutting the Fluff from your Writing

Good professional technical writing involves a struggle between conciseness and completeness. Writers need to provide the evidence and reasoning to justify their claims in the shortest space possible. Cutting too much or the wrong things, however, can damage your ability to support your decisions. It’s important, then, …

Simplified Technical English and the Thumbs Up Technique (Step 3/3)

In his previous article, Ferry Vermeulen, MSc. showed us how to how to use the online STE-Dictionary to find approved usage of words. as Step #2 of the Thumbs Up Technique for Simplified Technical English. In this last  article, he discusses Step#3, modifying the sentences into simple and comprehensible language, based on …

Simplified Technical English and the Thumbs Up Technique (Step 2)

In his previous article, Ferry Vermeulen, MSc. showed us how to  determine relevant information and delete any non-relevant information as Step #1 of the Thumbs Up Technique for Simplified Technical English. In his second  article, he discusses Step#2, how to use the online STE-Dictionary to find approved usage of words.
The words you …