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Engineering Terminology

What is Said:
  1. A number of different approaches are being tried.
  2. An extensive report is being prepared on a fresh approach to the problem.
  3. Developed after years of intensive research.
  4. Modification are underway to correct certain minor difficulties.
  5. Preliminary operational tests were inconclusive.
  6. Test results were extremely gratifying.
  7. The design will be finalized in the next reporting period.
  8. The entire concept is unworkable.
  9. We need close project coordination.
What is Meant:
  1. We don’t know where we’re going, but we’re moving.
  2. We just hired three guys… we’ll let them kick it around for a while.
  3. It was discovered by accident.
  4. We threw the whole thing out and are starting from scratch.
  5. The darn thing blew up when we threw the switch.
  6. It works, and boy are we surprised!
  7. We haven’t started this job yet, but we’ve got to say something.
  8. The only guy who understood the thing just quit.
  9. We should have asked someone else.