Engineering Phrases… and Their Real Meanings

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.

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