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Engineering Terminology

Glossary of engineering terminology

"That's interesting"
=I've never seen anything remotely like that before

"We'll just run diagnostics"
=I wonder if that will give us a clue

"OK, that's good"
=what the hell was that noise?

"We've noticed some failure evidence"
=something's burning

"A number of different approaches are being tried"
= we are still pissing in the wind

"Major technological breakthrough"
= it works OK, but looks very hi-tech

"All new"
= parts not interchangeable with the previous design

= too damn heavy to lift

= lighter than rugged.

"energy saving"
= achieved when the power switch is off

"low maintenance"
= impossible to fix if broken

An extensive report is being prepared on a fresh approach to the problem
= We just took on three new university graduates

Close project co-ordination
= We know who to blame.

Customer satisfaction is assured
= We are so far behind schedule the customer is happy to get it delivered at all

Preliminary operational tests were inconclusive
= It blew up when we turned it on

Test results were extremely gratifying
= We were amazed to find it works

The entire concept will have to be abandoned
= The only person who understood the thing has left

We will look into it
= Forget it! We have enough problems for now.

Please note and initial
= Let's spread the responsibility for the mess

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've already done.

See me, or let's discuss
= Come into my office, I'm lonely

Years of development
= One finally worked.

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Submitted on: 19 October 1998 by Ropa
Joke ID: 1027

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