9 June 2006

It's all a matter of jargon

Don't try this at home.
I often help my friends with their computer setups. I try and avoid jargon where possible but sometimes the correct computer term is necessary. The problem arises when the same word means different things in different professions.
My builder friend wanted help with networking his computers.
I asked, "Do you have a router?"
"Yes, certainly do." he confidently replied.
"Then you only have to plug in the network cables ..." and I stopped at the quiet at the other end of the phone. Then I realised the confusion.
"I mean a computer router. If you use yours you may get different results!"
He did wonder why I asked if he had a router!

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