Some Commonly Used Engineering Phrases.. and their real meanings:
Statement: “A major technological breakthrough.”
Real Meaning: It works OK, but looks very hi-tech.
Statement: “Preliminary Operational Tests were inconclusive.”
Real Meaning: The darn thing blew up when we threw the switch.
Statement: “The results were very gratifying.”
Real Meaning: We are so surprised that the stupid thing works.
Statement: “We will look into it.”
Real Meaning: Forget it! We have enough problems for now.
Statement: “It’s rugged.”
Real Meaning: Too damn heavy to lift!
Statement: “Years of development.”
Real Meaning: Something finally worked.
Statement: “A great new feature.”
Real Meaning: We can’t fix the bug so we’re calling it a feature.